Tarzan is highly predictable, nothing spectacular other than visuals
The Legend of Tarzan, the latest version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ heroic jungle character, is nothing but a predictable plot with stunning and spectacular visuals of the African lives. Directed by David Yates (best known for directing several of the Harry Potter films), The Legend of Tarzan is an interesting remix of Burroughs’ fictitious character.
The movie tells the story of African slavery, black-shades of colonialism and bloodshed for money and power.
At the introduction of the titular character, Tarzan, whose civilized name is John Clayton (played by Alexander Skarsgard) is staying in the Greystoke palace at London with his beautiful love of life Jane (played by Margot Robbie).
The story begins when John is officially invited to visit Africa, which is in fact a plot hatched by his enemies to abduct him and exchange him for Diamonds. At first, he declines the invitation. However, George Washington Williams (played by Samuel L. Jackson) who did a lot more interesting things in real life than shown in this movie, insists him to accept the offer and takes him along to see the real slavery problems there.
The story mentions about a handful of African tribes, but the visual presence mostly stays with the Kuba, where Jane was brought-up before her London days. The Kuba people are multi-lingual, brave, intelligent and very friendly. The whole setting of the Congo tribes was terrifically realistic. Briefly, the whole movie revolves around the struggles of a white man to save black African natives from slavery.
While most of the story plot goes well with our imagination, the most gripping part was the acting perfection exhibited by the central characters played by Skarsgard and Robbie. Christoph Waltz as the villain Leon Rom, a trusted servant of Belgian King, who was at his best in the movie, deserves a big applause.
The Apes, which were Computer-Generated Imageries (CGI), seems so real in size, movements and attacking style. Their movement from one vine to another had a special appealing when watched in 3D.