Legend of Tarzan – ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan is one of the greatest and most popular literary characters ever created. The Lord of the Jungle has been adapted on film and print numerous times, so it was only to be expected in these days of reboots and sequels that there would be another tale of Tarzan on the big screen. In turn of the century England, Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgård) is approached by the government to investigate the activities of a mining encampment in the Congo. Reluctant at first, he travels back to Africa with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) and American agent George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) to put a stop to the suspected slave labour camps run by Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) who is supposed to be working for the king of Belgium, but really seeks to rule Africa himself.
There was everything you’d expect in this movie. Lots of animals, lots of action, lots of chases through the jungle, lots of fighting and two subtle love stories, one between Tarzan and Jane, and one between the Greystokes and Africa. Everything unravelled at a frantic pace and was a tremendous amount of popcorn fun. This was a “popcorn” flick in every sense of the term, and that’s why I enjoyed it. The performances were solid, fun and believable. The stunts and fights were fun. The banter between the characters was fun. I had a fun time watching it all. My only complaint about the film was that the special effects looked a little too CGI. It was clear that the film was made to be viewed in 3D and I didn’t see it that way. I watched it at home on Blu Ray, and while I still enjoyed it a lot, some of the effects (like when they were swinging through the jungle on vines) looked a little fake. I will say that all the animal effects looked really good though. I didn’t think any of them looked fake, unless they were in those same “swinging through the jungle” scenes.
I don’t know if this story was based on any of the twenty-five novels Burroughs wrote, but I’ve put a few of the Tarzan books on my ever-growing “to read” list…
Bottom Line: You know, I certainly wouldn’t mind if they made a series out of these Tarzan films, Skarsgard and Robbie worked very well together and were great in their roles. I’d watch them again.