Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
Star Rating (out of 5): **
“The Legend Of Tarzan” is the the latest addition to Hollywood’s fast-growing club of unnecessary sequels, adaptations and reboots. The film introduces Tarzan leading a civil life with his wife Jane, until they are called to action in his native land of Congo. They soon realize they have been pulled into a trap by sinister forces. Tarzan must return to his roots to save his wife and land. Unfortunately he won’t save you from the feeling of having wasted your time on this one.
Samuel L. Jackson is good in the role of Dr. Williams, a friend of Tarzan’s. Dr. Williams serves as comic relief and managed to give me some actual laughs, even though they don’t fit the tone of the rest of the film. The costume and production design are spot on. Thankfully, the film was over quicker than I thought.
Several story threads are left loose, whether it’s the development of a character or a flashback subplot. The performance of Jane (Margot Robbie) was bland at best, delivered in a horrifying American accent. Wouldn’t it be cooler if Margot just stayed Australian? Most other performances are equally dull, including Alexander Skarsgard’s Tarzan. He may be a fine actor, but here he spends most of his time squinting his eyes, flexing his abs and saying some manly stuff. The problem is, nobody has that much character, except for Sam Jackson. The editing and visual style is messy. A good example was a scene where characters were having a conversation as the camera kept spinning around each of them. I did say the film was over quicker than I thought, but a lot of it was choppy and boring.
“The Legend Of Tarzan” does an unsuccessful job with its jumbled storytelling, dull performances and boring dialogue. Sadly, Samuel L. Jackson’s entertaining character can’t save the movie.
Review by SAM SILBER