The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan

Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) is chest-thumping icon Tarzan in this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale from filmmaker David Yates (who directed the last four Harry Potter films). Co-stars Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Jane.

It has been years since Tarzan left the jungles of Africa for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

2016Rating: M, Mature themes and violence109 minsUSA
AdventureBlockbuster
Director:
David Yates ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix')
Writer:
Stuart BeattieCraig BrewerJohn ColleeAdam Cozad
Cast:
Alexander SkarsgårdMargot RobbieChristoph WaltzSamuel L. JacksonDjimon HounsouJohn Hurt

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The Legend of Tarzan / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

It’s not an altogether unfamiliar experience to come out of a film thinking “what the hell did I just watch?” That’s largely the realm of film festival or arthouse selections, though, or the result of external factors - illness, fatigue, poor dietary decisions. Not so often does it apply to presumptive blockbusters, of which The Legend of Tarzan most assuredly is one, while at the same time being a confusing pile of sight and sound.

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Variety

Variety

Sequel, origin story and racially sensitive revisionist history lesson all in one. What it isn't is much fun for anyone who's seen Edgar Rice Burroughs' "ape man" in any of his previous incarnations.

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Time Out

Time Out

This isn't quite the jungle VIP - but it's got a little swing.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

What makes it more enjoyable than other recycled stories of this type is that the filmmakers have given Tarzan a thoughtful, imperfect makeover.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Committed performances aren’t enough to save this film from uncomfortable colonial optics, uninspiring CGI and tedious plotlines

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Stuff

Stuff

Pretty much everything it could possibly have been.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's a heavy thematic load for a single movie to handle — especially this one, which nearly collapses from its burden.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Although uneven at times, The Legend of Tarzan lends an important historical context to the notorious character, which makes it worth a look.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Wants to be both modern and traditional, hip and classic. It's a tough balance to strike, and this film can't manage it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This is certainly the best live-action Tarzan film in many a decade (which, admittedly, isn't saying much) and offers a well-judged balance of vigorous action and engaging-enough drama.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Not so much a ripping yarn, more of a dripping yarn, Yates' reinterpretation of the Lord Of The Jungle is a big disappointment.

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