It’s hard to appreciate a film when you are in a packed cinema and seated between a noisy teenager who continually elbows you as their lanky form moves about when checking their messages from bae every ten seconds, and an overzealous fan who makes loud inappropriate catcalls at Alexander Skarsgard whenever he is topless (f.y.i, this is 85% of the film). Despite this, when they both shut up, I was able to enjoy the film.
The film makes the assumption that the audience already knows the story of Tarzan; how he was shipwrecked, raised by apes etc etc. The film is set several years after his origins story that has been told in at least ten other films. If you don’t know his origin story, I suggest you first watch the Disney film Tarzan. Not only does it depict the story in a moving way, but it has a great soundtrack by Phil Collins.
Living in London with his wife Jane, Tarzan, is invited to go back to the Congo when Belgium envoy Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) devises a plan to hand Tarzan over to an angry tribal leader (Djimon Hounsou) in order to gain diamonds which will aid the Belgium King in getting out of debt with the United Kingdom, and allow him enslave and take over the Congo. Along with American envoy George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) Tarzan fights his way through the jungle to stop Rom and save Jane (Margot Robbie), who is once again a D.I.D (aka damsel in distress).
Most of the action sequences were pretty good, and I could see where it may have been worth seeing it in 3D, especially when Tarzan was swinging through the trees. The CGI was pretty meh however. The animals didn’t look realistic which throws you out of the world they have tried to create. Jane once again being a damsel was so boring. Seriously, Tarzan needs to teach his girl how to fight, then he wouldn’t waste so much time having to retrieve her and he could save the jungle in half the time it would normally take him. The flashbacks to Tarzan’s upbringing were unnecessary and annoying too.
I particularly liked Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga, I just wished he was in it a bit more, as his character just disappeared after a half-assed battle. He is such a good actor, it’s a shame to see him relegated to always playing a small part villain.
It’s worth seeing if you like enjoy shamelessly ogling Alexander Skarsgard without a shirt, seeing Christoph Waltz as a quiet villain, and Samuel. L Jackson as the comedic sidekick.
I give it a 3 out of 5.
Watch if you enjoyed any other Tarzan films, The Jungle Book,King Kong, Indiana Jones.