The Legend of Tarzan

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David Yates directs the action adventure film, The Legend of Tarzan, based on the Edgar Rice Burrows series from 1912.  The setting is the late 1800’s and John Clayton aka Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) left the jungles of Africa almost ten years earlier and has been living in England with his wife, Jane Clayton (Margot Robbie).  He is visited by an American writer named George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) who tells him that he is needed in the Congo as a trade emissary to Parliament.  John, Jane, and George travel to the dark content without realizing that it’s a trap. Set by Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), he plans to capture Tarzan and sell him to one of Tarzan’s old enemies, Chief Mbonga (Bjimon Hounsou) in exchange for diamonds.  Of course, it’s never quite that easy when diamonds are involved, and Jane is captured.   As expected, Tarzan has to swing into action to save Jane and also save some slaves.  (He must have been working out at the gym in London for the past ten years the way he is able to swing through the trees.) All of this magnificent swinging brings Tarzan into contact with lions, gorillas, crocodiles, tribesman and bad guys with guns.  (Wouldn’t be a Tarzan movie without any of those.) Perhaps the most refreshing highlight of this story is the primary focus on Tarzan as an adult, although there are several flashbacks showing Tarzan as a five-year-old, an eighteen-year-old, and when he meets Jane for the first time.  The movie itself isn’t as violent as you might expect and there are moments of humor and drama.  Some of the drama takes place between Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, but I just didn’t feel any real emotion between the two of them. This movie reminds me of a superhero movie but he’s going to need a lot more than a loincloth.  (My wife told me not to get any ideas.) This film is fun but not great and I’m giving it a B-rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA