The Legend of Tarzan
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: David Yates
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou
Being screened at QFX Cinemas
The Legend of Tarzan is more than just an adventure of Tarzan in a jungle, and his love story with a beautiful Jane and how the two become one against all odds. Rather it is a mature film of the ape man turned civilised human, John Clayton III with the colonisation of Congo in 1880s by the Belgian King Leopold II looming in the bigger picture. The new take on Tarzan and his story is a breath of fresh air and the performances as well as visuals add to the film. So The Legend of Tarzan is a delight to watch and stands out as an engaging film.
Tarzan now John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgård) is not a part of the jungle. He has left the jungles of Africa behind and is living life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) in England. But he is unaware of what is happening back home and the colonisation. Moreover, the Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) has something planned for him in Africa.
The film folds the present and the past life of Tarzan simultaneously. The director has kept up the pace and narration that is engaging and holds interest in the realistic plot and apt setting. The film has used computer-generated imagery (CGI) heavily to show the animals. The animals are huge and made in the darker tones making the CGI a little unbelievable and unnatural which is the drawback of the film. The needed action from Tarzan is also missing in the film, but you will get the nice thrills from good moments of special effects of 3D.
The performance of the cast is power packed. Tarzan is mighty, brave, emotional, and caring which Skarsgård has essayed his varied roles well. He has added authenticity to his character. Robbie as Jane is no damsel in distress. She has played her part well and has taken her role to another level. Waltz is the needed villain in the film and he infuses terror and fear subtly. Meanwhile, Samuel L Jackson is a fun quotient which he has portrayed with ease.