Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Title: The Legend of Tarzan
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: David Yates
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz
Runtime: 1 hr 50 mins

What It Is: John Clayton III (Skarsgård) grew up in the jungles of the Congo. Raised by Gorillas his parents were killed when he was but a baby. While there he ran into an American named Jane (Robbie) whose father is teaching English. The two marry and now the refined Clayton no longer known as Tarzan must return in order to help with King Leopold of Belgium’s conquest. He must do so while fending off capture from Leopold’s right-hand man Leon Rom (Waltz). A fight to get his wife and the heart of the jungle back will transpire.

What We Think: I’d like to start this off by saying the CGI in this film is terrible. When you look at something like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or even The Jungle Book in which the animals and the world itself, though artificial, have character. That is the exact opposite here. Nothing looks real. Even the acting does not seem real. These are just characters in a movie. I really did not like it. Waltz phones it in as the cliche-riddled villain. I don’t really think Skarsgård does anything worthwhile and Margot Robbie is wasted.

Our Grade: D+, Just even looking at the action none of it feels real. One thing I found interesting is that they got the Swedish Skarsgård to play the English Clayton, Aussie Margot Robbie plays an American and Austrian Waltz a Belgian. I do not recommend this. Maybe check it out on Blu-Ray/DVD or On-Demand but only if you really really want to see this thing. That being said hearing the classic Tarzan cry WAS pretty cool. Sadly that is probably the only cool thing about it.

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