The Legend of Tarzan, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan

(2016) 1h50mins/Action, Adventure, Drama


This reboot Tarzan is made by the director who directed the last half of Harry Potter movies. With a budget of 180 million, this movie made over 355.9 million at the box office. This movie is about Tarzan, experiencing life in London, and then is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. originally, this film is based on Dark Horse Comics. Some of the movies biggest stars include Christopher Waltz, Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L Jackson, Margot Robbie and more.

With the move having multiple million budgets, Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy and Charlie Hunnam were considered to play Tarzan. Cavill was busy filming for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and could not be involved with the role of Tarzan. Plus Emma Stone turned down the role of the character, Jane.

Director David Yates said that Alexander Skarsgård was always his first choice for the role of Tarzan. He said, “I knew it had to be Alex really early on. Finding a really good actor with a really good body is actually very tricky. Someone who can act very brilliantly, which Alex can, but also look fantastic without his clothes on, that combination is extremely rare and Alex has both those gifts. The Tarzan in my head was tall and vertical and had real length. I love Alex’s verticality, his poise, his grace. It was always Alex for me. I went through the process of meeting other people, but it was only Alex in my mind. We basically built the role for him,”.

Alexander Skarsgård was very nervous before starting his training, worrying whether he would be able to achieve the Tarzan physique. He said, “I’ve never done anything this extreme before and I was really nervous; it was a huge challenge. I didn’t know how my body would respond to the intense training and diet. I had a very good trainer and nutritionist, Magnus Lygdback, and I was extremely diligent and did everything he told me to do, and tried not to cheat at all.

Overall, the CGI is excellent, with good adventure elements, good imagery and an overall interesting tone. Although a lot of the scenes are dull and cheesy. This movie is an interesting take on Tarzan, but it does not give enough. Credit to Christopher Waltz for playing a dark villain in a sum what family-friendly movie. And there is plenty of action scenes throughout the film that the average person would enjoy.  Plus the ending scene in the docking area gives the bad guys a run for their money by Tarzan. SPOILERS – A happy ending.

Extra fact: This film is dedicated to the memory of Jerry Weintraub, who died of a heart attack on July 6th, 2015. This was his last film.


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