The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
10 Years after being rescued and acclimating to life in England, John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) returns to Africa to investigate shady practices by men working for King Leopold. John’s wife Jane (Margot Robbie) is captured by a greedy diamond miner named Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) and John must become Tarzan of the Jungle once again to save her and himself.
For those of you that though this was going to be yet another story about the life of Tarzan, you will be pleasantly surprised that this movie is something different. Tarzan is now civilized yet his instincts are still embedded in his mind. He knows the ways of both worlds and uses these talents to go after the people who took his wife. The story here is thin as it is a simple kidnapping with the villain stealing diamonds, but the idea that Tarzan is like a superhero is neat. He has people working with him and he is able to talk and explain why he does things a certain way. I don’t know what it is, but it is refreshing to see this character in another light. Christoph Waltz is a force as usual. His villain is one to be hated and he doesn’t hold back punches. He is somewhat predictable which takes away from his potential, but he is still someone to be feared and that works in the movies favor.
I feel that some people out there will find this movie boring because the meat of the adventure is in the character interacts rather than in the story itself. I find Samuel L. Jackson to be an added bonus to the character pool as he is funny and quirky and something fresh in an adventure drama. I don’t think this movie is great by any means, but I definitely will recommend this movie to others as it adds new elements to a story we are not use to seeing. I think many people will say to themselves when it is over, “it was much better than I expected.” Co-starring Djimon Housou.
7/10 Stars – Nothing extra special, but this is a new and refreshing look at the Tarzan story that might surprise many people.