Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from the movie The Legend of Tarzan.
Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from the movie The Legend of Tarzan. Jonathan Olley

MOVIE REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan

IT'S hard for any filmmaker in Hollywood to explore the potential of their subject with studios consistently tightening their grip on creative control of their investments.

A Tarzan movie that goes beyond a standard origin story is actually a pretty intriguing and, dare I say, risky idea, more than we, as an audience, would expect anyway.

That's exactly what was on the agenda for Warner Bros' The Legend of Tarzan, the new film by Harry Potter director, David Yates, which sees the title character return to the Congolese jungle after building a normal life in England, to investigate a Belgian mine.

Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from the movie The Legend of Tarzan.
Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from the movie The Legend of Tarzan. Jonathan Olley


Unfortunately, moments of intrigue aren't enough to compensate for what is ultimately a fundamentally flawed, mess of a film.

This mythic story following the adventures of Tarzan as he frees the slaves of the Congo and his kidnapped wife Jane feels forced, clichéd and simply not compelling.

There's plenty of good intention from the filmmakers here. It's clear that Yates and company tried to slip a few potentially interesting ideas passed the barrage of badly rendered CGI and unchallenging narrative beats.

Perhaps Tarzan was doomed from the start.

It's hard to find much relevance for the jungle raised, King of the apes at all in modern cinema.

Warner Bros were salivating at the prospect of another potential franchise but despite a strong cast and the best efforts of some talented filmmakers, The Legend of Tarzan fails to live beyond the inevitable limits of the Legend.

 

The Legend of Tarzan

Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson.

Director: David Yates

Rating: M

Verdict: 2/5 stars


 


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