How many millions of times have we seen movies and television shows about Tarzan? More than I can count, but “The Legend of Tarzan” is one of the best accounts this critic has ever seen.
The story is simple, Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment, but it is jam packed with exciting swings through the jungle on vines, exotic animals and of course lots of bad guys. Did I forget to mention a love story? What is Tarzan without Jane? In this version of Tarzan, he and Jane are married and madly in love.
“The Legend of Tarzan” has an international cast. Swedish actor, Alexander Skarsgard, stars as Tarzan. He is drop dead gorgeous. I’d swing through the jungle with him any old day. Australian Margot Robbie is the beautiful Jane. You may recognize her from “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” or “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Two-time Academy Award winner, Austrian Christoph Waltz is of course the villain Leon Rom. Waltz won his Academy Awards for “Inglorious Bastards” and “D’jango.” Finally, an American, Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson plays George Washington Williams and steals the show with his witty remarks and wonderful facial expressions. I would nominate Jackson for a supporting Academy Award for his role in this film. He is long overdue for an Oscar.
“The Legend of Tarzan” is directed by English Director David Yates who also directed four of the Harry Potter movies. Yates uses just enough flashbacks to let those not familiar with the Tarzan legend to clue them into Tarzan’s birth and how he met Jane but not so much that the story gets bogged down with the past.
The movie’s screenplay and story was by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer based on the Tarzan stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story is fun and the screenplay well-written.
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of computer graphics to create images in films. Sometimes, when CGI is used in a film, the animated people or animals don’t look real but in “The Legend of Tarzan” the CGI is flawless.
This is a movie the whole family can enjoy. It needs to be seen on the big screen to fully enjoy the cinematography and panoramic beauty of the African Congo.
“The Legend of Tarzan” opens this weekend at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.