Flash Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Two events stand out in my mind as pivotal moments that changed the course of my life’s path. The first was seeing the movie Tarzan the Ape Man with Johnny Weissmuller on television; the second was reading the book Doctor Doolittle. I already was an animal lover, enjoying the local zoos and relatives’ pets; but this book and movie sealed my affection for all animals. Seeing Tarzan’s companion Cheetah (did not know it was the name of a big cat breed at the time) the chimpanzee was extra special because I had a hand me down stuffed chimpanzee; the 2 of us would watch any of the Tarzan films whenever they were being aired on TV. When I saw the original Doctor Doolittle movie I was absorbed into it because here I had read the book and now I was seeing the doctor and his animals come to life, so to speak. Ever since then I have been fortunate to have a variety of animals around me. I do not judge but when someone tells me they do not even like dogs or cats, I tend to wonder if something happened to them earlier in life that swayed them away from animals. Looking into the eyes of a dog with their unconditional love, I do not understand how someone could resist such love. I can still remember when people would ask me why I wanted to become a veterinarian; I would tell them it is because animals never hurt me. It would be easier for me to give a shot to a human being than it would for an animal. I have to tell you I was hoping none of the animals would be hurt in this action adventure film.   LIVING a comfortable life in England John Clayton, played by Alexander Skarsgard (What Maisie Knew, True Blood-TV), the Lord of Greystoke was persuaded to return to the Congo for what he thought were humanitarian reasons. John who was known as Tarzan would need the help of some old friends to survive what was in store for him. Joining Alexander in this big budget film were the actors Christoph Waltz (Spectre, Carnage) as Leon Rom, Margot Robbie (Focus, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) as Jane Clayton and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight, The Avengers franchise) as George Washington Williams. I thought Alexander and Margot were perfect for the roles and wished they would have had more scenes together. I know Alexander is a capable actor but I do not think the script and the director helped him for this role. As for Christoph and Samuel, I just want to say they have to stop; stop doing the same kind of characters they have done in previous films. Samuel was a distraction as were the flashback scenes throughout the picture. The script was an odd mix of different story lines that weighed down the pace of the film; I was bored in a few spots. As for the CGI effects they were not as spectacular as I would have expected for a Tarzan film. By the end of this film not only was I missing not seeing Cheetah, but also missing a good story.

 

1 ¾ stars  

 

 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 5, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. your no bones about it approach to films is right on the money. You word it in such a way that your honesty comes through perfectly every time. Check out my comments on State of Jones for continuing honesty ; )

  2. The movie is very average ! In india we had this in 3 D. Litterally no story n just animations and as usual other hollywood movies happy ending with no sense !

  3. I thought this movie looked awful from the trailer. It just seemed limp. I am not a fan of the whole Tarzan story, however, so I was never going to be spending money on a ticket to see this. I might check it out when it is available for the small screen.

  4. thank you. I was actually thinking this was going to be a good one but you saved me 5 bucks.

  5. Oh no! I was supposed to see this one with youngest daughter tomorrow evening! I will suggest a few other ones. Thanks for saving me from a disaster since you really dashed my hopes of a more romantic and sensitive movie. Shoot!

    • And that is what was one of the issues, they 2 leads should have had more romance and sensitivity. Sorry I may have ruined your date night with your youngest; I hope you find something worthwhile for the money.

  6. Thanks so much to follow my blogging too

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