Film Review | Legend of Tarzan

Two films in the same year about a boy being brought up by animals.

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Director: David Yates

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Samual L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou

Genre: Action/Fantasy

Release Date: July 1st 2016

Certificate: 12A

I thought I had seen the best action film about animals already this year when Disney brought out the live-action version of The Jungle Book, but Warner Bros might just have topped it with their latest film The Legend of Tarzan, a re-imagining of the classic tale about a baby brought up by gorillas in the Congo.

Rather than being a straight-up retelling of the story of Tarzan, Warner Bros made the decision to produce a somewhat sequel, giving you a glimpse into the life of Tarzan and Jane since leaving Africa and moving to London, using flashbacks to give the back story to those out there that aren’t as familiar with Lord Greystoke as those of us that saw the 1999 Disney film.

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The first thing that struck me about the film is how beautiful it is, feeling almost as if the makers had taken their shots from an Attenborough documentary. From the massive landscapes of the savannah to the damp thickness of the jungle, every shot is a delight to behold, putting you right in the middle of this foreign landscape.

In much the same way as The Jungle Book, the film just would not have worked if it wasn’t for believable animals, with Tarzan having the added difficulty of not giving them voices, though this didn’t seem to hold them back, the gorillas in particular, were amazing to watch on-screen, seeing them interact with Tarzan and the other characters seemed entirely believable.

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Moving onto the humans, each of the main cast worked well in the movie, Skarsgard playing a wonderful Tarzan, while Robbie was charming as ever playing Jane, though both were blown right out of the water by Waltz, a man who was born to play the bad guy, clearly enjoying playing the incredibly sinister Leon Rom.

The film was an enjoyable romp from start to finish and the perfect remedy for the bad week I have had, visually alone it was worth the cost of a ticket, while the action sequences were exciting and the scenes that are supposed to showcase the brutality of man did just that, if you enjoyed The Jungle Book or King Kong or have children that are interested in animals, then this film is right up your street.

4 Panda

If you liked: Gods of Egypt, Tarzan, Kong: Skull Island

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