Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan


I love it when movies surprise you. I generally steer clear of trailers & reading synopsis's in the fear of vital plot info being given away unnecessarily. Sometimes, I have no intention of watching a movie at all based on my preferences & bias. Tarzan was one on these, but thanks to my youngest son & his choice of movie for his birthday party this weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed this heart pounding epic!

Tarzan has the feel of a sequel as the title character, aka John Clayton III, (played by True Blood’s athletic Alexander Skarsgård) returns to the Congo, the land of his childhood, and finds it and his friends threatened by the exploitation of the Belgian King’s greed, characterised by Léon Rom (played menacingly by Spectre’s Christoph Waltz). The story of his return holds your attention from start to finish with beautiful scenery; riveting action; flawless effects; informative flashbacks and a great soundtrack. All of the characters have a surprising amount of depth and are perfectly played, with the beautiful Margot Robbie as Jane; straight shooting Samuel L. Jackson as George and the powerful Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga.

The CGI animals are incredibly well done, especially Tarzan’s Mangani ape characters who enjoy much screen time, but this movie is all about the conflict between Skarsgård and Waltz who are both fantastic! I highly recommend this refreshing take on a classic tale for all over the age of 10 years – go equipped with a large refreshment combo as you won’t want to leave the theatre for a moment once it’s begun! Best at IMAX