The Legend of Tarzan ★★★

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.

I went to see this movie without any expectations at all. I just wanted to be entertained for a few hours and check what the hype was all about. I must say that the movie was heavily promoted since about 3 months ago and I only know of Tarzan because there was a parody movie in the Philippines but other than that, I know nothing about his story.

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The movie started with an intense scene and it got me interested instantly. The narration went smoothly and the storyline was pretty good. It was simple and can easily be understood even by kids although I know that they were based on real characters. There were some conversations in between that might bore some people but I believe that it’s crucial for everyone to understand the back story of Tarzan. At times when it’s about to get boring, something unexpected will happen that will shock or amaze the audience.

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The casting was appropriate in my opinion although I honestly think they were not captivating at all. Alexander Skarsgård played the main role just fine and so did Margot Robbie as Jane. She didn’t look like a damsel in distress also maybe because I’m thinking how strong her character is in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. Samuel Jackson provided comic relief and was a nice addition. The rest of the cast including the villain and extras were convincing enough and the computer generated imagery needs to be applauded. It was great that you don’t notice where they actually used it and they also did a pretty good job on the sound effects.

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What I don’t like about the movie is that it lacks the punch. It was entertaining but not entertaining enough. I just wish it was more powerful, more gripping and had more impact. I feel like this is the kind of movie that you just need to see once and it doesn’t leave a lasting impact on you. There is nothing to takeaway from the film and you’ll be telling yourself, on to the next one.

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So would I recommend it? Yes, watch it only because it’s kind of entertaining and there were some good scenes to see. I’m half hearted in recommending this because even though I didn’t like it to the greatest degree, I also don’t hate it either. Although you won’t be as engrossed as much as you want to, it’s still interesting. After all, every cinema shows just this movie in 2D, 3D and 4D so you’re a bit forced to watch it anyway. It’s not perfect, it’s plain but I wish they added more action sequences, lessened the flashbacks and just overall made it more momentous and unforgettable.

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  1. another well done review. I was a little caught up in the hype, but similar to you, i couldan’t get excited or moved when I saw the trailer. I’ll see anything, practically, just for the final of going and be entertained. Plus I love period films. There, no spoilers! I might go see it. Do you ever write reviews on tv shows! The are such good ones now. 🙂

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