"The Legend of Tarzan" Movie Review
First of all, let me say that this covers about three different Tarzan stories: his origin, his return to the jungle, and his battle with the British Empire. I'll cover each one below and I'll do my best to avoid spoilers.
The film starts with Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) invading Congo and ultimately making a deal with one of the tribe Chiefs to bring Tarzan back in exchange for Congo's rare diamonds. Then we see a civilized Tarzan, talking with the government. At this point in his life, Tarzan is married to Jane and has put jungle life behind him, trying to forget who he truly is. As the story progresses, Tarzan's past is shown in a series of flashbacks that explains where he came from and how he met Jane. So, in a way, his origins are told throughout the entirety of the film, just in pieces.
Tarzan's return to the jungle brings the revelation of why he wanted to forget who he truly is and why the Chief wanted Tarzan back. I can't go into detail because I promised to avoid spoilers, so, let's just say that it involved a tragic incident with the Chief's son.
The final story that the film covers is the confrontation with Leon Rom and his army. The use of the animals was brilliant and not ridiculous or unbelievable. Everything about this final arc was well organized and well executed.
In conclusion, I have high praise for this film. My only complaint is that several characters apparently were immune to pain. One gets his ear shot off and, besides shock, shows no signs of pain or agony. I'm no expert but I'd bet there'd be a lot more blood and screaming. Other than that, the film delivers and I recommend you see it in 2D unless you just want to try 3D. Either way, have fun.
© 2016 Nathan Jasper