The Legend of Tarzan


Movie Info

  • Director: David Yates
  • Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L.Jackson

Movie Story

The Summer blockbusters of 2016 came thick and fast. The market was saturated with remakes/reboots (Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Jason Bourne, Batman v. Superman) and sequels of sorts (Finding Dory, Independence Day, Ninja Turtles), with The Legend of Tarzan feeling like it rode a very quiet wave and somehow came in under the radar when compared to the gigantic marketing campaigns of the likes of Suicide Squad. In general it garnered average reviews and somehow managed to double it’s budget.


This Tarzan is not quite the lacklustre original story it could easily have been and thank God for that. Our Tarzan is actually a far more polished human being by the name of John Clayton/Lord Greystoke and he is residing with his famous love Jane (Margot Robbie). At this stage, Clayton’s homeland of the Congo has been divided up between the English and the Belgians. But alas, he returns to the jungle accepting his role as an emissary. Little does he know that Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz, of course) has a plan in mind for our gentrified Tarzan. And off we go to the jungle and all hell breaks loose.


The Legend of Tarzan is an enjoyable ride, full of pomp and romp. It’s silly and over the top but the CGI looks good and the between Jackson and Waltz, we have enough animated campery and humour. As for Robbie and Skarsgard. Both are quite good here and both have proved themselves in the past but it feels like a case of just throwing the two best looking people on the planet together, he takers his top off, she swoons and we’re meant to have cinema magic. It’s all fine. But it’s nothing exceptional.


It’s fun, silly and visually impressive but isn’t everything these days? For me, nothing really stood out here and it’s easy to see how one could have missed this film over the course of the Summer. There were better options out there. But there were worse ones too.


Reviews ( 1 )

  • Naomi White 26 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    Clearly, I was not expecting much, but I have to admit it is one of the best action Tarzan films. The actors are perfect in their roles. You can feel the characters, the animal, and the action. The action is great, but I wish there were more. The cinematography is just beautiful.

    9 / 10
  • Valary Beckham 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    The Legend of Tarzan is an above average movie to me, it has delivered on many aspects but not to my expected standards. I must not forget to commend the producers on the cinematography though, they have absolutely delivered on that aspect. This is a movie worth watching though!

    • Alice White 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      I agree with you Valary, this movie did not please me that much and that is why to me it is an average movie. I didn’t quite please me like I expected it to.

      10 / 10
    • Kate Winterburn 06 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      I have mixed feelings about the movie. While the story was interesting, I found it difficult to really get emotionally into it, and to feel for the characters. The acting was about what I expected, no one really impressed or disappointed me.

      5 / 10
    • Sherman Cleveland 07 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      Wow. I have to start off by mentioning how beautiful the scenery in this movie is.

      Jane was funny and sarcastic, she absolutely killed it as a character! The best parts of the movie are the flash-back scenes, their only downside is that there wasn’t too many of them.

      9 / 10
    • Shane Croghan 18 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      A CGI laden testament to Hollywood’s aversion to originality, The Legend of Tarzan is a tedious example of the woes of many modern blockbusters. Seemingly terrified of taking any sort of risk, the big studios appear content with endless reboots. And given that audiences continue to flock to these soulless films, can you really blame them?

      4 / 10

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