Film Review

The Legend Of Tarzan (Review)

Having returned‚ and become acclimated to a life in London‚ John Clayton / Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) is called upon to once again venture in to the jungle. Persueded by George Washington Williams (Samual L. Jackson)‚ Tarzan sets off to investigate a mining encampment. Love of his life Jane (Margot Robbie in a role that is‚ for all intents‚ the total opposite of her Harley Quinn from The Suicide Squad) follows‚ and soon they will all face off against the rather evil Leon Rom (Christoph Weiz in yet another one of his villainous roles).

The Legend Of Tarzan looks at the story we know so well‚ and which has been told so many countless times‚ and moves the timeframe forward some. While we do get some history in the form of flashbacks to the origin of Tarzan‚ and some exposition through character dialogue‚ we are instead treated to a new part of the legend’s life.

Yet‚ while there is bound to be a great following‚ and a large audience for the film‚ it sadly falls rather short of expectations. A great cast‚ and superb cinematography‚ coupled with some incredibly amazing computer effects and a message about slavery that is bound to strike a cord with racial tensions currently flooding news and social media‚ the story and it’s execution are rather lacking. For audiences who are going merely for the glits and sparkle of Tarzan swining through the jungle and rescuing his Jane‚ this is sure to satisfy. For those who are looking for a story and perhaps some deeper meaning to the legend‚ they will be sorely dissapointed.

The Legend Of Tarzan opens 15 July 2016 in South African cinemas.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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