There hasn’t been a live-action Tarzan film in almost two-decades, quite a drought for a franchise that has produced over fifty films in the past century. But regardless of the abundance of historic movies featuring the Lord of the Jungle, many fans have been waiting their entire lives to see a true, realistic representation of Ape Man’s adventures on the big screen; and with The Legend of Tarzan that wait is finally over.
If you ever read the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan novels, then you’ve had the look and feel of the Ape Man’s world and his exploits etched into your mind’s eye, as if with a badass and rather large hunting knife. Now you get to see the hero swing through the jungle and interact with the great apes in what is probably the most life-like way imaginable – and that alone is worth the price of admission into this wonderful movie.
Written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, and directed by David Yates (of mostly Harry Potter film fame), The Legend of Tarzan is the almost perfect trifecta of a romance movie, a heroic adventure film, and a historical period drama; although the ‘history’ is certainly skewed for entertainment purposes.
Lord Greystoke (AKA John Clayton III, AKA Tarzan – as played by Alexander Skarsgard) has successfully adapted to civilization, but reluctantly returns to Africa with his high-spirited and not-so-hesitant wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), and real-life American Civil War hero, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson), in order to investigate the evil doings of Belgian’s King Leopold and his henchman, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who is in cahoots with Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou), whom has an old score to settle with the Ape Man.