The Legend of Tarzan

Movie Review

The Legend of Tarzan- Movie Review- Reads & Reels

Cool cinematics, lot’s of action and an interesting storyline, make for a fun movie experience!

The Legend of Tarzan may be getting mixed reviews but I really liked it.

What it’s about…

It’s been nearly 10 years since Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) also known as John Clayton III, left the Congo to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie).  Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) devises a scheme to lure them back to Africa.  Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds.  When Jane becomes a pawn in his nefarious plan, Tarzan, along with a new friend (Samuel L. Jackson) must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves.

My thoughts…

All I know of Tarzan is what Disney has shown me, so I found this adult version of the legendary character, refreshing and very entertaining.  Tarzan’s origin and the secondary plot of the movie was both inventive and thought-provoking.  Without going into great detail and risking spoilers, I will only say that it provides a stark picture of what blood diamonds are and where the term comes from.

Skarsgård, the fine specimen of man that he is, was perfect for the role of Tarzan.  His transformation from a feral beast to Lord Clayton was nicely done, however a tad unrealistic.  I can’t imagine a man raised by gorillas, one who doesn’t even possess rudimentary language skills, being able to become a sophisticated aristocrat in a mere 7 years.

Margot Robbie was fabulous! I haven’t seen her in much, though I am looking forward to Suicide Squad, but she was just wonderful.  Beautiful, funny and strong!  Definitely a Jane women would be proud of.  I’d have to say Samuel L. Jackson’s character was my favourite.  He provided comic relief when needed and he was just so… himself that without him, I don’t think the movie would have been as good.

Finally, Christoph Waltz played a sociopathic villain that you will love to hate.  His uncanny ability to be both scary and perfectly civilized simultaneously will make your skin crawl, so kudos to him for a great performance.

Everything else about the movie ranged from amazing to okay.  The special effects were well done and the scenery was lovely.  Some things were hard to believe but that’s when you have to remind yourself that it is a movie.

Hubby and I both enjoyed it and I would recommend it to friends.

 

Rating… B+

 

 

 

 

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