It’s a romance, a bromance, a show-mance and a go-go-go-mance.
Just when you thought we didn’t need another adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ king of the jungle, David Yates’ breathless, atmospheric “The Legend of Tarzan” swings into theaters with a sharp, personal take on one of the most enduring characters in books and films.
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson
And it’s a movie all about relationships. No kidding.
Tarzan has so many relationships in this movie, he could start his own reality TV series, or maybe later show this newest adventure on the Lifetime Channel.
“The Legend” begins with a foreboding jungle scene that, coupled with Rupert Gregson-Williams’ pulse-quickening score, conjures up an ominous mix of “The Lion King” and King Kong’s Skull Island.
In a fresh approach to the stale and standard chronological origin tale, “Legend” writers Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer begin with Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) after he has married Jane and moved back to his London home to take his rightful place as John Clayton III, the fifth Earl of Greystoke, and a member of the House of Lords.
The prime minister (Jim Broadbent) urges Clayton to accept an invitation from Belgium’s King Leopold to return to his old swinging grounds in the Congo.
That way, Clayton can verify all the good deeds Belgium has done in the region.