The Legend of Tarzan

6.21 h 50 min2016X-RayHDRPG-13
Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.
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Djimon HounsouChristoph Waltz
David BarronBruce BermanScott CherrinSusan EkinsKeith GoldbergNikolas KordaTony LudwigSteven MnuchinMike Richardson
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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AnnaTalishaReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly Surprised by How Great this Movie was!
The trailer for this movie showed a lot of action and a lot of scenes I didn't expect to find in a Tarzan movie. So I was apprehensive to give it a shot. But my sister was interested so we decided to to go any way. The trailer does not do this movie the justice it deserves! The story was not the typical re-telling of the origin of Tarzan like so many other movies have been made. This one is told of the now civilized Tarzan (going by his English born name of John Clayton III) and how he goes back to Africa to help the tribes there and also his animal friends.
I loved this take on the movie. I liked that they didn't try and burden you with tons of origin story-line. They had brief flashbacks of Tarzan's origin, but they assumed you knew the origin story so they focused more on telling the present story at hand.
I was surprised by how perfect Alexander Skarsgard played Tarzan. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted from Tarzan or what I expected. But I was impressed that Tarzan was not this extremely talky, flashy character. He had very few lines and more then anything he just had this presence that was un-deniable when he was on screen. You could feel that he was something more then human, but that he was also not invincible. I was impressed by the connection Tarzan and Jane had. Though they were not in many scenes together, you could feel their strong connection through out the film. I loved Margot Robbie as Jane. She was pretty and earthy, a very strong independent character that felt real, and a good match for Tarzan.
I thought the cinematography was very beautiful and impressive. The score was equally lovely. The movie I felt was a good mix of action and story with wonderful actors that did a really good job playing their characters.
I don't know why the critics were so harsh on this movie, because I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really loved it! If you are at all someone that finds the story of Tarzan intriguing then you will enjoy this new take on it.
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Native TexanReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's about the best Tarzan you're going to get on film.
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As a youngster, I read pretty much everything Edgar Rice Burroughs ever wrote, beginning with the Tarzan stories. And I read them all more than once. Over the years, I've wondered if anybody would ever, ever, ever make a Tarzan story that was remotely like the original books. I had about given up, when I saw this film. Don't get me wrong, it isn't perfect. As a long time ERB fan, I expect my Tarzan to have black hair and grey eyes and a scar on his forehead (yes, a hundred years ago, he had a Harry Potter scar) and walk and talk like a civilized Edwardian gentleman. And speak fluent French. However, this film comes closer than any ever made to the original. The filmmakers adjusted the story and included embellishments aimed at a 21st-century audience. Some of these embellishments are good, but I question whether others are going to hold up over time.
By far, it's the best representation of the great apes described in the original books. Over the years, I've wondered if ERB had a clue what he was describing when he wrote about them, whether they were chimpanzees or a completely different species of apes. There is an explanation about them in the film, that they are not like "peaceful gorillas."
Special effects are absolutely beautiful.
Jane has passion and spunk.
And when is watching Samuel L. Jackson NOT fun?
It's about the best Tarzan you're going to get on film, at least until they let a bunch of ERB fans make a movie.
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Ondreyus DotsonReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarzan the Nice Man
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Now, this version of the Tarzan story is the bomb! (This means it was awesome.) Instead of telling a story of some white guy lording it over black savages of the jungle, this was done eloquently. The story is about an orphaned white male infant left alone in the jungle, not to be killed, but to be loved and cared for by a female ape. This John/Tarzan (as he was called) does come to realize his inheritance back in civilization, but his heart remained with the wonderful people and animals of the jungle. Not to leave out his wonder wife, Jane, whom he also met in the jungle. John/Tarzan begins his fight against slave traders in the Congo, but he doesn't do it alone. He wages war against the slave traders with the help of ALL his friends, human and animal alike, because he knew he couldn't possibly have accomplished this feat alone. In sum, it's a beautiful story about his love and loyalty to his family and the people (and animals) with whom he grew up. This movie is really heart-warming. However, it's hard to believe that none of it was filmed in Africa.
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Ron HeadReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I have been a Tarzan fan since age 7 when I saw the trailer for Tarzan's Fight for Life starring Gordon Scott. I started reading the books. Tarzan was my hero. He still is. Alas, I have never seen the movie, Tarzan's Fight for Life, but I made sure that I saw the movies made since then. I was lucky enough to see Jock Mahoney in person after he made Tarzan Goes to India. That was a thrill. Mr. Mahoney was Tarzan after Gordon Scott gave up the role.

The Legend of Tarzan did not disappoint me. From the opening music until the last scene, I was thrilled. Watch Tarzan's hands. He will show you why I mention that at about fifteen minutes into the movie.

I hope there is a sequel. Legend is a world-wide hit and deserves a sequel. One can only hope that it will happen.
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M. MacLeodReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad. Not bad at all.
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While this film doesn't have the emotional gravitas as Greystoke '84 has, Legend of Tarzan itself explores Clayton's life in London where he's civilized and happily married to Jane. Cool stuff. His return to Africa, being both happy and bittersweet through the flashbacks of both Tarzan's and Jane's experiences give the film alot of weight.

The plot of the film itself is well done. In an age where everything HAS to be social commentary it's good to know that you CAN make a thought proviking film that still retains the spirit of fun and adventure of what the characters are supposed to be about.

Thee was an IGN reviewer who made a very poor judgment of this film when it was released. Needless to say it was a very smug, self fulfilling article calling Tarzan a 'white savior' and this movie had none of that. But then again...IGN movie reviews were never meant to be taken seriously.
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M. BrownReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A blockbuster with, dare I say, less than five explosions and still exciting.
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It's good! I think the plot was just okay, but the dialogue, and not so subtle message to leave crap alone was really well done. The people and place are the stars for me, and I think that was deliberate on the studio's part. It's not that Tarzan isn't heroic but he isn't portrayed as some lone wolf superhero either. He needs people (and animals, duh) as much as they seem to need him. The plot has some pretty worn tropes and barebones narrative, chief of which is this connection to America. I feel they were rushed into life and never given space to develop, nor given that depth that allows actors to show without telling. Maybe the casting or the writing, but to a large extent I felt they were archetypal shells to drive the conflict more conveniently but could have really been assets outside of two-dimensions. Skarsgard did right by the title character both in training for the physicality and playing it with quiet minimalism. So minor complaints aside, it was a pleasant surprise of a movie and I recommend you give it a go.
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Science Fiction NomadReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Almost Tarzan, but not quite. A good effort, nonetheless.
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Essentially an adaptation of "The Beasts of Tarzan", The Legend of Tarzan features an older Tarzan who only goes by the name of John Clayton, Lord Greystoke who is sent by the UK government to Africa to investigate criminal wrongdoing and slave running by a Belgian villain. Characters from the book series are misplaced, especially Akut, who in this film is a former playmate of Tarzan in his savage, ape led youth. An American official played by Samuel L. Jackson is added to aid him.

It has been several months since viewing the film and I don't remember much about it, except that it looks lavishly produced with top tier actors, yet it fails as a Tarzan film, though not to the degree as all previous Tarzan films have failed. Tarzan looks the part, and in this film he is intelligent and multi-lingual, but there is something lacking from the story. Perhaps it is the Russian villain from the books and his abduction of Jane Porter Clayton Lady Greystoke, to wreak his revenge upon the now civilized ape-man. What's missing is her husband who must track her down and rescue her against impossible odds, forcing him to gather an army of beasts: the anthropoid great apes of Akut and Sheeta the Panther. He also allies himself with a great native warrior, and together they commit to the ape-man's quest. The book is an exciting read, with a passionate and deadly hero, yet here in the film we find a reluctant Lord Greystoke who would be more comfortable in his family manor and his House of Lords seat in England instead of a Tarzan for whom civilization is but a thin veneer which he is eager to shed for the freedom of the forest.
Chris L. AdamsReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Legend of Tarzan
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First things first - this was, for any adventure movie lover, a good adventure movie. It had fights, trains, vertiginous heights, lost tribes, cool shots of 1800s steamers, close encounters with wild beasts, a damsel in distress, the obligatory bad guy. For any firearm aficionado you can feast your eyes on m1889 Schmidt-Rubins, Maxim machine guns, Walker Colts, Turk Mausers, etc. There's lots of high action, killer scenes of Tarzan swinging through the jungle that are easily the best done scenes of any Tarzan movie extant.

For most Tarzan fans who have never really read a Tarzan story - it's a good Tarzan movie with most all the crucial elements you've come to expect except with the bonus of being minus the 'dumb Tarzan' thing that I never understood (although there is a reference made to that). Inaccurately, he is depicted as being able to speak to all the animals, they're all his friends, etc. Exactly as any fan of the movie Tarzan might expect. Except it never happened in the books.

For the Tarzan fans who have actually read some or all of the original novels there were a couple things I would have changed. Chiefly, Tarzan got his arse handed to him on too many occasions. I know it builds tension when the good guy gets knocked down a few times but finally stands victorious on the field of battle in the end, and that's fine. I don't wish to add any spoilers so I won't give any specific examples, but there were at least a couple of those fight scenes that, having read and reread the source material (or what I assume would be the source material - considering that this is Hollywood we're talking about that source material might be anything including their own highly inaccurate movies of the past) that Tarzan should have come out more victorious. This is, after all, the guy that vanquished the savage Kerchak as a teenager - the former king of Tarzan's ape tribe - with his bare hands and his father's hunting knife. I've never read a Tarzan story where he got his butt whooped so many times.

The Edgar Rice Burroughs fans, and I'm one of 'em, always tend to be highly critical of every detail that doesn't match up 1:1 to the original novels. But this is true of any fan of any written work that makes it into film. We always want to see those things we've imagined from the written descriptions leap to vivid life on the big screen But when they don't, or when Hollywood perverts them, well - we all know the saying: the book was better than the movie. I wonder when Hollywood will hear that phrase and take it to heart? I'm not willing to offer any spoilers for those who haven't seen the film, but there are definitely elements that were changed or left out that would certainly affect any possible sequels based on our favorite novels (Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar for one, and I would dearly love to see La brought to life as Disney did with Dejah Thoris, where Lynn Collins created a mesmerizing vision of ERB's Princess of Helium). To the true fan you will instantly miss the antagonistic relationship in this movie that Tarzan always had with the cat family, and you will note the absence of all the familiar ape words: Numa, Sabor, Tantor, Gimla, Paco, etc - all conspicuously missing. And while Tarzan only ever befriended the one lion, Jad Bal Ja, that I'm aware of, you might scoff when he stumbles unaware upon a group of lions feasting on a kill (that he never smelled beforehand by the way since all his heightened senses of hearing and smell and eye sight are also conspicuously missing) and instantly begins communing with one of them. If anyone is really interested in seeing a scene that perfectly depicts Tarzan's true relationship with Numa the Lion in gripping accuracy google Boris Valejo's cover for Tarzan the Magnificent - that piece of art is a perfect rendition of how Tarzan reacted to Numa.
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