Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Years have passed since Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) now known as John Clayton, has left the jungle and reclaimed his life in England with wife Jane (Australia’s Margot Robbie). One day their high-class lifestyle is interrupted by George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) who makes Clayton an offer to return to The Congo to investigate the King’s slavery plans, which have been orchestrated by evil Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).
The trio travels to Africa and stays in Jane’s village. However, on the first night, Jane and most of the villagers are taken hostage by Rom, who has plans to capture Tarzan.
‘The Legend of Tarzan’ presents a very muscular Skarsgård as a celebrity, known among the villages in Africa and back in England as the king of the jungle. All the adventures and misfortunes of his past life raised by apes are shown as flashbacks, and are actually the best parts of the movie. However, the central storyline focuses on an Englishman who, after eight years, is able to become Tarzan once again in order to abolish slavery in The Congo, while saving the villagers and rescuing Jane from Rom’s evil hands.
‘The Legend of Tarzan’ attempts to be a big blockbuster but fails in its execution, as the action scenes are all cut prematurely. Tarzan’s character is cold and not very talkative, while Jane is more audacious instead of being a traditional damsel in distress. Jackson and Waltz play their usual roles, bringing all their usual charisma to the big screen.
The film features many action sequences, including Tarzan fighting a gorilla and some natives, plus the classic swinging from vine to vine, and even an epic computer-generated stampede.
The CGI is not too great and plays as great a part in the film as Skarsgård‘s abs.
The jungle scenery is gorgeous and feels quite real giving the spectators the sensation of epic adventure which is really a requirement of the film.
Overall ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ is an action-packed tale of a legend that might be boring for some. However, despite the bad CGI, it still presents a decent portrayal of the heroic king of the jungle.