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The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan
Starring:
Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Djimon Hounsou


Rated: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date:  July 1, 2016 Released by: Warner Brothers

Sadly, The Legend of Tarzan (2016) adds nothing new to the ongoing story which began 104 years ago. Author, Edgar Rice Burroughs created his character in 1912 with 'Tarzan of the Apes', then following it up with 25 sequels. 

Every aspect of Tarzan has been written and re-written numerous times. There is not much terrain that hasn't already been covered. So why, in 2016 do we need another Tarzan movie? After watching this version, I can explicably say, we don't. This is re-hash Hollywood Once Again, riding the money train for all it's worth. 

Hundreds of books, magazines, movies, broadway plays, television programs, and cartoons have told the same basic story over and over. This new take doesn't add much more to the Tarzan legend.

It does have a first-rate cast however with True Bloods' Alexander Skarsgard doing an admirable turn as Tarzan, coupled with Margot Robbie as Jane. Christoph Waltz can convince any audience that he's the consummate bad guy. With the presence of Samuel L. Jackson and Waltz, the film enjoys a slight essence of Quentin Tarantino. Underrated actor, Djimon Hounsou also turns in another fine performance. 

The visuals are really outstanding, the missing component is organization. Instead we get a serious dose of fragmentation. Something is truly missing from this film, it's called 'innocence'. I can't help feeling that I want Johnny Weissmuller back. The films featuring him as Tarzan, with Jane and Cheetah by his side are true classics. In my humble opinion, they are the definitive interpretation of the legend. 

I may be nostalgic, but the old films didn't rely on blue screen special effects, CGI and making Tarzan out to be some kind of contemporary super-hero. It was dependent on great storytelling, which seems to be a lost art form these days. Bring back those 12 classic Tarzan movies made between 1932 and 1948. Now that's the 'real' Tarzan.  Accept no substitutes.

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