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We Review: The Legend of Tarzan, White knuckle adventure, but if you know the story, there will be few surprises. -MR

The Legend of Tarzan

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The Legend of Tarzan
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Yates
Produced by
Written by
Based on Tarzan
byEdgar Rice Burroughs
Starring
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Henry Braham
Edited by Mark Day
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
Running time
110 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $180 million[2]
Box office $56.9 million[2]

The Legend of Tarzan is a 2016 American actionadventure film based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by David Yates and written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer,[3]its cast comprises Alexander Skarsgård as the title character, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent and Christoph Waltz.

Principal photography began on June 30, 2014, at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom, and wrapped four months later on October 3. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures in Cooperation with Dark Horse Entertainment and Jerry Weintraub Productions co-produced the film.

The film premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on June 27, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 1, 2016 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D.[4] It received mixed reviews and had grossed over $56 million.

Plot

After becoming shipwrecked, John Clayton, his wife Alice, and newborn son John Clayton III are stranded in a tree house in the jungle of the African Congo. His wife eventually dies of natural causes, and John is killed by Apes, leaving the baby alone. The child is taken in by a family of Apes, his mother whom he calls Kala and his brother whom he calls Akut. Tarzan is raised by them and adapts well, becoming a part of the jungle as if he were made for it. Later, he meets Jane Porter and falls in love with her. Kala is killed by a young hunter who is part of another tribe. Tarzan kills him in retaliation, unaware that he was the son of a chief.

In 1884, the African Congo has been divided up between Belgium and Great Britain. The Belgian government is on the verge of bankruptcy. In an attempt to save the nation Leopold II of Belgium states that he has an intention to seize control of the land’s minerals, which resulted in large profits. When Rom searches for the diamonds of Opar, his men open fire on a local tribe but the Belgian soldiers were killed by the natives, leaving only Rom alive. Afterwards, Rom is approached by the tribe’s leader, Chief Mbonga, who offers Rom the diamonds in exchange for Tarzan.

John Clayton III has returned to England to become Lord Greystoke, and through the British Prime Minister, he is invited by King Leopold to head an expedition to Boma to report on the development of the Congo by Belgium. The American envoy, George Washington Williams, urges John to go, as he knows that he is Tarzan. John initially declines the invitation, but is persuaded by Williams who suspects the Congolese population is being enslaved. Jane is disappointed when she is told that she cannot come on the trip due to losing their baby years ago. John later reconsiders and finds her in a tree and allows her to go with him.

John, Jane, and Williams take their trip to the Congo. The trio then encounter a tribe that knew John and Jane during their stay in the jungle. Shortly after, Rom attacks the tribe’s camp and tie up John and Jane, killing the tribe leader in the process. He then captures Jane and several tribe members while John escapes. Williams and the last remaining tribe members chase after Rom and his men, but they get away. Later, Williams finds John and reunites with him, telling him that he must to ignite his destiny as Tarzan. Tarzan and Williams swing from vines onto the train carrying the tribe members and Jane. Tarzan finds a train car full of several men attempting to kill him, but he fends off the men and frees the other tribe members.

Rom reveals to Jane that his plan is to use the tribe members as slaves in his expedition after obtaining the diamonds. On the boat, Rom holds Wasimbu, a tribe member and Tarzan and Jane’s friend which caged over the water.

Our thoughts

Surprisingly enough, they stuck to the original Tarzan story pretty well.  This was far better than I expected. Having just seen “The Jungle Book” recently, I didn’t know what to expect. The CGI animal recreation, tech is simply amazing.  Well acted, not over acted, this movie had me grinding my teeth when certain animals and characters were jeopardized and I was as angry as the scary Silver Back at the bad guy(s.) Highly recommended, but not for those under 12 alone. There were parts that were scary even to me, and the WHOLE adult audience (we watched from a balcony that is 21+ only) gasped and cringed and oohed at certain things that might just freak a kid out. It was well worth the ticket. I am giving it 5 stars, because it is a very good “white knuckle” adventure, but if you know the story, there will be few surprises. -MR

Find The Legend of Tarzan and see the new trailer here.

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