The new Tarzan movie, The Legend of Tarzan, is more like the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels than the old TV serial the some of us watched the re-runs of as kids. This is a darker version of the character. Alexander Skarsgard, a Swedish actor, seems to be a bit more “James Bondish” than Tarzan like.
In this version of Tarzan, John Clayton (aka Tarzan) is living the life of luxury with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) in his slain parent’s mansion. He’s an English gentleman who’s has put his history as “The King of the Apes” behind him, but an American journalist, George Washington Williams, (Samuel L. Jackson) appeals to him to return to the Congo to look into the atrocities by the king of Belgium. His emissary Leon Rom (Christopher Waltz) is enslaving Africans and he’s also made a deal with an African chief (Djimon Hounsou) for African diamonds in exchange for his delivery of Tarzan to the chief. The African chief and Tarzan have a history together and the chief seeks revenge on Tarzan for killing his son.
The movie has some great action, but not enough for a summer block buster. It’s also a love story between Tarzan and his wife Jane. There are long slow periods in the movie where we get the background information on Tarzan and the love story between him and Jane. Again, I prefer more action in my summer block busters.
The movie is nice and short at just a bit over an hour and a half (109 minutes) and its rated PG-13 for violence and some sexuality. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” The Legend of Tarzan” rates a LARGE.