” He is no normal man. He was thought to be an evil spirit, a ghost in the trees. No man ever started with less. “
- What is this movie about?
Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.
- Why should you (not) watch it?
Well, here we have a new Tarzan movie, and again is a sequel. We are really suffering from sequel fever lately, with so many rethought sequels from classic books (see Alice in Wonderland for example), we are getting soo used to it that it no longer excites us to what some movies. So here is the turn for Tarzan, king of the Apes, or so.
The story takes place after the story we all know, which was: Tarzan is in the jungle, he meets Jane, there is some bad guy, they win, and they are happily together and go back to England. Don’t worry, in this movie there are flashbacks where they explain this to you (as if you didn’t know the story already). So in here they are in England and they have to go back to Congo to get some businesses done, and they get to remember who they were, and there is also a bad guy again who wants something from them, etc.
The plot is weak, it we can call it a plot. The action is not in the right places and dialogues are a bit dull. of course, Margot Robbie is wonderful as always and Alexander Skarsgård is good to look at (sorry, I am a True Blood fan, sigh). And although Christoph Waltz tries to be the bad guy, he is not as good as he has us used too (please watch Inglorious Basterds). So in all, you might yawn at some point but you will keep your eyes open to see how the story ends.
So, yes, this is another adventure movie which is a sequel (I have lost track of how many sequels have I already watched in 2016). One movie that will leave your mind once you step out of the cinema and will leave you wondering, “I think I really liked the Disney one”.
- Did you know?
– The film is based on Dark Horse Comics.
– Captain Rom is based on Léon Auguste Théophile Rom, a Belgian soldier in the Congo Free State during the late 19th century. He became controversial for his brutal treatment of Africans in the Stanley Falls area. Missionaries said Rom used the severed heads of 21 Congolese to decorate his flower beds. He died in Brussels in 1924.
– The film takes place in the Congo and in London
– In the scene where Jane and Captain Rom are eating dinner, she crosses her fork and knife. The Captain rings the bell and tells the servant Lady Clayton is finished. After she leaves, he places her knife and fork beside each other. In formal dining, when people cross their silverware, it means they did not enjoy the meal. When they are placed next to each other, it means they are finished.
– This production features Tarzan wearing pants, rather than a loincloth, in the African jungle scenes.
– Director David Yates said that Alexander Skarsgård was always his first choice for the role of Tarzan. He said, “I knew it had to be Alex really early on. Finding a really good actor with a really good body is actually very tricky. Someone who can act very brilliantly, which Alex can, but also look fantastic without his clothes on, that combination is extremely rare and Alex has both those gifts. The Tarzan in my head was tall and vertical and had real length. I love Alex’s verticality, his poise, his grace. It was always Alex for me. I went through the process of meeting other people, but it was only Alex in my mind. We basically built the role for him.”