Director: David Yates
Producers: Jerry Weintraub, David Barron, Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig, Mike Richardson
Writers: Adam Cozad, Craig Brewer
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent, Christoph Waltz
First let me state that nobody has ever gotten Burrough’s story about the English Lord raised by anthropoid apes right. But two films have come close one was Greystoke the other is this film.
The story begins with a group of English peers along with George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) trying to convince Lord Clayton/Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) to return to Africa in specific to examine the Congo Free State as a guest of King Leopold to see all the churches and orphanages that he has built. However, there is an ulterior motive to the peers of England they see this as an opportunity for King Leopold to become in-debited to them so they too can exploit the natural resources of the area. However Tarzan is having none of it he wants to stay in England with his beloved Jane (Margot Robbie). However, George Washington Williams finally persuades Tarzan to return and Jane also comes along because she too was raised in Africa and longs to return there. However, what none are aware of is that this is all a plot by Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) an agent of King Leopold who plans to deliver Tarzan to the King of Opar for a trunk of uncut diamonds.
Now as someone who has read all the Tarzan books I tend to judge any movies based upon how close to the portrayal that Burroughs describes. So far none have portrayed Tarzan as the long black haired bronze skinned forest god that Burroughs wrote of in his books. But I can forgive this movie for a blond Tarzan as when they portray him as scarred on both face and body that is more accurate for a child raised in the wilds of Africa by apes. And speaking of apes finally someone gets it right. Burrough’s anthropoid apes, Mangani, were an unknown species that were more hominid in appearance that gorilla. Also the apes were ferocious not gentle they would hunt down smaller animals and even gorillas for food. And so the Mangani in film is portrayed as dangerous creatures that you want to avoid if possible.
And that isn’t all Tarzan is portrayed as being master of the jungle not only the beasts but the country so you see him swing through the trees on vines and running along the branches of the trees. Again like the books.
Now the bad news I am sorry but there is a more than moderate amount of profanity in this movie and because of that you shouldn’t take any one other than teenagers to see this movie.
I give this movie four stars I’d see it again.