Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review

Samuel L. Jackson & Alexander Skarsgård (r) star in The Legend of Tarzan

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz.) But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Directed by David Yates. Co-stars Samuel L. Jackson.

"No man ever started with less," but Skarsgård's Lord of the Jungle makes up for lost time in the wildly entertaining The Legend of Tarzan. It's not easy reintroducing a superhero who doesn't fly or pack an Uzi; however Yates does an excellent job blending impressive special effects and likable actors, without compromising the charm and simplicity of earlier versions. Skarsgård's physically terrific, but isn't allowed to be half as charming as his True Blood persona (pity.) Waltz plays a great fiend, and Jackson brings the funny in (what could be) the best summer blockbuster of 2016. Cue Tarzan yell.

Grade: B+