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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

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David Yates

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About the Movie

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (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, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz), but those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 215
  • Fresh: 76
  • Rotten: 139
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The plot of the classic adventure tale has been admirably reconfigured to meet modern sensibilities, but the resulting film is simplistic, condescending, and inert. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Jul 5, 2016

Rotten: Maybe it's churlish to be so harsh about what is, after all, a jungle fantasy. But with such a surfeit CGI, the film is more hollow than heroic. – James Mottram, The National (UAE), Dec 20, 2016

Rotten: In a season cluttered with big-budget blockbusters, The Legend of Tarzan doesn't stand out and is unlikely to leave an impression. – Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane, Jul 10, 2016

Rotten: The Legend of Tarzan is a passable action adventure. I ended up thinking a lot about it afterwards, because I found it so odd. I'm not sure that's enough to recommend it. – Stephen Romei, The Australian, Jul 8, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Great movie!

Honestly, I loved this movie! It's intense and dark! Perfect film score that really fits every scene. Ignore the haters and see this movie!

The Best Tarzan Movie

I went into the theatre for this movie not expecting much. I was shocked when I walked out of the theatre. This movie was spectacular! The acting was phenomenal. Especially Samuel L Jackson, he was hilarious! And the music. Oh, the music was amazing! I loved the percussion! 9/10 movie. I would definitely watch again!

Mixed feelings from a Tarzan Purist (Soilers Contained)

As a kid I grew up watching the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan films on Saturday afternoon TV. You could not find a bigger fan. In college, on a whim, I picked up the first Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes novel and really began to understand the character that Burroughs had created. Throughout the 26 novels written by Burroughs, John Clayton - Lord Greystoke - Tarzan was a complex character who was constantly in conflict between his place in British society and his being drawn back to his visceral love of his life in the "Wild" in Africa. It was no surprise that Burroughs all but despised the Weissmuller "Tarzan" that Hollywood first created but he couldn't argue with the fact that those films made him a rich man.
The first serious attempt at a propper telling of the real Tarzan was in the 80s film Greystoke with Christopher Lambert. An excellent film that may not have followed the Burroughs novels page-by-page, but did manage to capture the spirit and intent of the Burroughs story.
Now for this version in 2016. To begin with, the film should have been called "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar". This was really not an "origins" story as far as the Tarzan legend goes. It did have flashbacks but being truthful, the story relied quite a bit on the audience already knowing quite a bit about Tarzan. In the novels Burroughs goes deep into explaining how Tarzan became educated and how he amassed great wealthin both Britan as well as Africa. The Lambert film in the 80s also did a good job with showcasing that aspect of Clayton's life although they too took some shortcuts for brevities sake. This version did not seem to address it at all.
In this 2016 version I'm afraid that this version of John Clayton, right off the bat, came across as (dare I say) a bit of a whiner ! When first asked to return to Africa for England, he didn't want to go! When asked why ? his reply was... "It's hot !" In the Burroughs novels John Clayton preferred his life in the jungle and only resided in England when family and business obligations dictated he do so. Any reason to return to his adopted homeland was seized with great joy. The 2016 John Claton.....not so much. It took samuel L Jackson to basically shame Clayton to return to Africa to get the story started. For the first 45 minutes of the movie you got the disctinct impression that this Tarzan simply did NOT want to be here and had no issue letting everyone know it.
The Jane Porter character - now that's another story. Mrs. John Clayton in this film is a Fireball and a welcomed one at that. I'm sure it must have been a conscious decision on the part of the writers and the director to shape these characters this way but I'm not exactly sure why they did it. This Jane was also very different from the character Burroughs had created however in a very good way. SOMEONE had to show a little bit of excitement and enthusiasm for Mr & Mrs Tarzan returning home.
Once the story fully shifts to the Jungle and things start to go bad for the good guys, the film quickly reverts to what can only be described as an enhanced version of one of the Johnny Weismuller movies. Bad guys in the jungle doing bad things. Taking things they shouldn't and wanting to bring it back to civilization. Jane gets kidnapped in order to lure Tarzan into a trap. A couple of Tarzan yells to scare the bad guys and Tarzan wraps it all up by stampeding his friends the Elephants and other wild species through the town where the bad guys are hiding. Head bad guy gets eaten by an alligator in the river. All-Classic Weissmuller Tarzan.
In the end it's not a bad movie. Just not a great movie either. They have developed a less inspiring version of Tarzan that I have seen in the past. Kind of like when George Lazenby played Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Good effort but he wasn't Connery.
I can't imagine them wanting to do a sequel to this fil although you never know. I would suggest that before anyone else tries to write, direct, or produce another attempt at a Tarzan movie they should be required to read at least the first 4 novels in order.

I also admit that I could be 100% wrong !

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2016

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