The Legend of Tarzan
Courtesy: Roadshow Films
It's been nearly a decade since Tarzan also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane. Danger lurks on the horizon as Leon Rom, a treacherous envoy for King Leopold, devises a scheme that lures the couple to the Congo. Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, Tarzan must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves.
Courtesy: Roadshow Films
When I entered the cinema I walked to the beat of the African drums, thanks to two amazing musicians helping to create the jungle atmosphere that is part of the Tarzan legend.
The movie is set in 1889, 5 years after Africa was divided up and Kings ruled their own land, thanks to large debts owed to the mother country. England started to pillage and plunder the villages in Africa to take back what they believed was due payment. The final piece to their puzzle was land ruled by King Leopold. The King would give up his land and all the diamonds he holds if Leon Rom captures and returns one particular person, Tarzan.
Since the movie takes place after Tarzan has gone back to England and all grown up to continue the legacy his parents left him as John Clayton III. Part of his Lordships duties is to enter into peace talks with Africa to retrieve outstanding debts, something he has no intention of doing. With a little convincing from George Washington Williams, played by Samuel L. Jackson, John returns to his homeland with his beautiful wife, Jane Porter, played by Aussie Margot Robbie.
If you're new to the Tarzan story you don't have to know the story. Through the use of flashbacks in Tarzan’s memory you see the tragic death of his parents, how the animals of the jungle made him the strong person he is today and how he met Jane, a philosopher's daughter who was growing up in a local village in Africa.
The movie is everything you'd expect about love and revenge with a happy clappy ending. With impressive shirtless shots of Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Tarzan, aka John Clayton, I was very let down by the, at times, unrealistic animal animation and completely fake jungle plants used in many of the shots.
My overall view of the movie is that it was enjoyable but it's probably something I wouldn't pay cinema prices to go and see.
3 out of 5 Choc Tops
Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie