The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan ★½

In the film’s final setpiece, all of the Congo’s wild beasts rampage through a Belgian settlement while Tarzan makes a final push to save Jane from Rom. Something in this image of a foreign power invading this unspoiled land, stripping it of its natural resources, and leaving it a smoldering ruin, feels like a metaphor for the way Hollywood strip-mines famous brands for content. Even though The Legend of Tarzan doesn’t directly continue any specific movie, it’s structured just like a legacyquel; it’s trying to find a way to make a very old concept feel new again. But some concepts resist modernization despite their creators’ best intentions. And sometimes the only way to make something truly new is to make something truly new.

Full review at ScreenCrush.