The Legend Of Tarzan this July 1, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan: It’s been nearly a decade since Tarzan, also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie). Danger lurks on the horizon as Leon Rom, a treacherous envoy for King Leopold, devises a scheme that lures the couple to the Congo. Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, Tarzan must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves.

  • Initial release: July 1, 2016
  • Director: David Yates
  • Distributed by: Warner Bros.
  • Music composed by: Rupert Gregson-Williams
  • Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens
  • Genres: Action | Adventure

Years after Tarzan left the jungle to live his new life in the modern society, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary. With his wife Jane, Tarzan returns to the wild but soon he realizes that he has become a pawn of the evil schemes of Captain Leon Rom who plans to kidnap him and bring him to a man who wants him dead.

The Legend of Tarzan differs from the previous reiterations of the classic tale by starting the story years after Tarzan left the jungle and now living the life he was intended to have. While we do see flashbacks of his life in the jungle, it only served as devices to further the present storyline. It’s not a bad approach per se but the script shortchanged character development. We barely knew Tarzan and it did not help that Alexander Skarsgard played the character in such stiff manner that Tarzan felt more like a robot than the man with the instincts of an animal.

Saving the movie from total boredom were the charismatic performances of Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson who gave this generally serious movie some ray of sunshine. As for the antagonists, Christoph Waltz is on villain auto pilot while Djimon Hounsou started as one note but impressed towards the end by pulling off pure affecting emotion in a key scene.

While the script has a lot of issues, The Legend of Tarzan does deliver in the action scenes. Tarzan’s faceoff with a gorilla was brutal but riveting. The climax which involves a huge animal attack was quite a spectacle to behold.