The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan ★★★½

Sometimes I dismiss certain films as simply not being my thing, and over the years I've made mistakes in that regard by missing out on a mixture of cult favourites and genuine classics. Twenty years to see Pulp Fiction, almost as long to catch The Shawshank Redemption, and although David Yates' reimagining of the Legend of Tarzan isn't quite up there with those films, it's one I'd probably have left on HMV's overpriced shelves.
This is a different take on the story of Tarzan, at least certainly from the ones I've seen. Set eight years after Tarzan has returned to England with his wife Jane, this has Christophe Waltz playing another of those villians with a glint in his eye. It's a great looking film, with Alexander Skarsgard a much better Tarzan than Christopher Lambert's dodgy Lord Greystoke from the eighties, and in Margot Robbie, possibly the sexiest Jane we've ever seen on camera. They've managed to fit some historical characters into the plot, throw in the whole Congo Basin conflict from the late 19th century, and Samuel L. Jackson too as George Washington Williams, an American who comes to Tarzan's aid. The plot is cleverly constructed, and makes the most of the talents of the guys at Warner Bros Studios in Hertfordshire to create a believable African backdrop. The action and atmosphere created is rich and authentic looking, the CGI impressive too, but we've also got Waltz on full-on villian mode and real chemistry between Skarsgard and Robbie. I was pleasantly surprised by this, a family-friendly romp that had great stuntwork and a beautiful score that helped make this take on the legend of Tarzan an engaging piece of modern filmmaking.

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