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, 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, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
I will admit that this is a very interesting take on the Tarzan story. I was under the impression that we would be seeing the usual origin story that we’ve seen many times but I was very surprised to see that this was kind of like a sequel or continuation to the story. I thought that Skarsgård was a great Tarzan and embraced it as a whole and I thought that his continued look of uncertainty was perfect for a character that was still fairly adjusting to regular life. It gave Tarzan a bit more depth than what I would’ve expected. Robbie played a great Jane as well. This version of Jane wasn’t the typical damsel in distress and she seemed more than capable to hold her own which was a nice positive portrayal. Waltz was fantastic as usual and really played the villain in the exact way that I would’ve expected. He’s one actor that I would never get tired of seeing. The one thing about the film is that the casual moviegoer would expect action and adventure almost the whole way through and that wasn’t the case. What we got was small action sequences in between a lot of dramatic moments which felt like it slowed everything down in sporadic moments. Even with that happening this still is a very entertaining story that gives the character an original adventure instead of retreading things. I do suggest checking this out if you’re looking for a film that balances between drama and adventure. It could be perfect for a date night. 7/10
Tarzan Reborn – Cast and crew discuss how they were able to reinvent Tarzan and give him a new spin.
Battles and Bare-Knuckle Brawls – This feature takes a look at 3 different action scenes in the film.
Tarzan and Jane’s Unfailing Love – Cast and crew talk a bit about the relationship between John Clayton and Jane Porter.
Creating the Virtual Jungle – This features goes in depth about the use of practical and CG effects to create the jungle location in the film.
Gabon to the Screen – This is a small feature that shows a bit about Africa and talks about conservation of the area and its inhabitants.
Stop Ivory – A short PSA featuring Skarsgård and Robbie regarding the hunting of the African elephants.