NRR: The Legend of Tarzan

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Looked alright, Entertained alright. This old story was fine enough.

Looked alright, Entertained alright. This old story was fine enough.

So initially I saw the one trailer where Jane describes herself like a damsel and Christoph Waltz says “He’s Tarzan, you’re Jane”, and honestly had forgot about it by the time it made it to theaters. Its kind of a sequel to the Tarzan Disney movies in the same way Alice in Wonderland was (so really, not really). It was written by the scribe of Black Snake Moan + Hustle & Flow, two movies I enjoyed in my youth and Directed by the guy who Directed the last few Harry Potters and Fantastic Beasts. I will start out by saying the Animals in The Jungle Book were done better.
In a world where we’ve seen Successful CGI like The new Planet of the Apes movies, that seems inexcusable. Samuel L and Mr Waltz reunite in this movie playing characters based on real people. Jackson was the most entertaining part for me the whole time until his last hug it out line. Christoph Waltz was the same well spoken villain he always plays similar to Skyfall and Inglorious Basterds. I get scared he may be delving into the realm of typecast. Margot Robbie was also a highlight, for me at least. That line from the trailer was ridiculous and she is in distress for a lot of the movie. Her and Jackson give the film a 21st century feel to it, which some critics didn’t like, yet I didn’t mind. But what kind of got to me is 60 year old Sam keeping up with TARZAN while running through the jungle. even if he was playing a 40 year old. Really though?!
The flashbacks were a little off putting and told a story i would have much rather liked to see, of a younger Tarzan with Dreads. Instead we see him slowly degrade into uncivil, which was also nice to watch. Neither Skarsgard nor the Script gave us much in the way of new or compelling layers to their subject. In the end you find he can communicate with animals and make them do his bidding and the Beautiful white guy saves the whole African Congo. This movie is fine, but just fine. So it gets a 3, out of 5
three-stars

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