“He’s Tarzan, you are Jane. He will come for you.” There couldn’t have been 10 more perfect words to sum this movie up. And Christoph Waltz, bless his one-trick act, delivers them with just the right amount of smug venom.
What makes a movie, that might on the surface look like it’s just another release date, another intellectual property exploited for its lasting legacy, another grim retelling of a beloved modern hero – transcend every hurdle in its way, and become satisfying, surprising… What makes a film win you over, and become, against all expectations, something you can picture yourself watching again?
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It is usually the briefest of moments that turn a film. It can be a petulant glimmer in the eye, a hint of a knowing smile on the edge of the lips, the quiet arrival of a musical theme, or a line of dialogue that you would never hear outside of a movie theatre. Each of these elements converges in that one tingling scene in The Legend of Tarzan.
We know Tarzan. We know Jane. We know he will come for her.