Last summer, I really wanted to go and watch Alexander Skarsgard’s new movie in theaters. But when it came the chance I could see it, my mom overpowered me and made me watch The Secret Life of Pets. My dad was searching on HBO the other night so when he saw that this movie was up there, he decided to watch it for two reasons. 1 – we wanted to see if 4k TV’s were 3D and 2 – he had been wanting to see it as well. So I happily joined him on the couch to watch this movie. That’s why there is a new movie review for you all and I really hope you enjoy it spoiler free!
Title: The Legend of Tarzan
Directed By: David Yates
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Production
Released: July 1, 2016
Run Time: 110 Minutes
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.
- Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan/John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke
- Rory J. Saper as 18 Year Old Tarzan
- Christian Stevens as 5 Year Old Tarzan
- Christoph Waltz as Captain Léon Rom
- Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams
- Margot Robbie as Jane Porter Clayton, Lady Greystoke
- Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga
- Jim Broadbent as the British Prime Minister
- Casper Crump as Major Kerckhover
- Ben Chaplin as Captain Moulle
- Hadley Fraser as John Clayton II
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Alice Clayton
- Yule Masiteng as Muviro, the tribe leader
- Mimi Ndiweni as Eshe
- Simon Russell Beale as Mr. Frum
- Matt Cross as Akut
- Madeleine Worrall as Kala
- William Wollen as Kerchak
After several years of being John Clayton the Third, Tarzan is making his way back home. To Africa. Tarzan isn’t going alone though. He is bringing his wife Jane, who made it very clear she was coming with him, and George Washington Williams, a guy who wants to beat out Leon Rom and King Leopold. The two of them are collecting slaves and diamonds to gain all the power of the land. But as soon as Tarzan is said to be coming, Leon Rom’s mission might be closing in. And the thing he has to do is kidnap Jane.
I will be the first one to say that I sort of wanted to watch this movie because of Alexander Skarsgard. I have seen a lot of his work since True Blood and with a movie with him shirtless, who wouldn’t want to watch it? But this movie had an amazing cast. It was amazing. It was my first movie I have watched with Margot Robbie in it and I am so happy I finally got the chance to see her in something. Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious and who doesn’t love him. This cast was like a big family and it really showed on screen.
I couldn’t believe this until I really did some research. The director of this movie actually did the last four Harry Potter movies. I know! Maybe that explains why I enjoyed the directing of it so well. It really showed on screen how much he knew about directing. I really liked how he laid everything out and really took the time to make sure everything was basically perfect. There were times I really didn’t enjoy something but it was just because it was so unrealistic. But with Tarzan, anything can happen.
I surprising laughed a lot more than what I thought I was going to. The movie isn’t really humorous but I found some humor in it. There was this line that Tarzan and George were in a cave and Tarzan was eating ants. He goes and says, “they taste like bacon.” I couldn’t help but laugh. But there were really no emotions or feelings through the movie. Tarzan was looking for his wife Jane. But other than that, there was no emotion at all. I really wished that there were a little emotion and desire behind the characters.
Characters. Oh, characters. What am I going to do with you? I liked the characters. I really did but I wish there was a little more to them. We all know the story about Jane and Tarzan, right? Well, personally, there really wasn’t anything new to any of these characters with this movie. I’m not complaining about this at all, but in a sense, I think these writers were more focused on figuring out when to have Alexander Skarsgard shirtless more than anything else in the movie. I wish the characters were better planned.
The writing to me was a little iffy though. I understood everything that was going on but I wish the writing was a little better. It was good. Don’t get me wrong but it wasn’t the best writing in the world. There wasn’t as much action and adventure that I was thinking there was going to be. The beginning of the movie was a little hard to get into but after the first 15 minutes, you really get into the movie. You also think, “I’ve already started the movie. Might as well finish it.”
Overall, I would have to give this movie a 3 out of 5. I really did enjoy the movie but I wish I would have watched some of the original Tarzan movies first. I might have enjoyed it a little more. But if you are a Tarzan fan, you should totally dive into this movie.
Have you seen this movie? What did you think about it? Do you think Alexander Skarsgard did better in True Blood as Eric Northman or Tarzan? Who was your favorite actor or actress from the movie? Anything special stick out to you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!