Tarzan received 33% of the vote for the movie this month so Jason and I saw it last night. I should point out that the only knowledge about the original Tarzan cam from the book Jane that I read several years ago and really enjoyed.
I liked the movie and gave it 8 stars on IMdB (although I’d have given it 7.5 if I’d been allowed). I loved the beautiful locations, the CGI jungle animals (yes, you can tell they are CGI but still so well done it took me to the heart of the Congo), and the story felt modern even though it took place over 100 years ago. George Washington Williams, played by Samuel L Jackson , was based on a real person, a reporter who exposed the atrocities of King Leopold, King of Belgium. That was the starting point of the story. GWW wanted Tarzan to go to Congo and poke around and see what was happening there and so he, Tarzan (John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke), his wife Jane head off to Congo. What they discover is what GWW expected, the enslaving of the people, and their journey is full of danger from the animals and the man hunting them, Rom, who has a boat full of soldiers with him. The story of Tarzan’s birth and childhood living among the apes is one I think most everyone is familiar with and is told in such a moving way, both the beauty and the hate lighting the screen.
My favorite character was feisty Jane, played by the talented Margot Robbie. She was brave and warm and worthy of the love from Tarzan. As for Tarzan, played by Alexander Skarsgard, he was strong and stoic with the quiet wildness you’d expect from a wild child turned English gentleman. Rom, played by the ever talented Christoph Waltz, was properly treacherous and got the end he had coming to him.
This is a thoughtful story told with action but it is not a modern action film. It’s slower and I enjoyed my time in the Congo.
So, I’d like for you to add your post in the comments so that I can link it to this post. I’d also like if you’d answer one or all of the questions and add one of your own for the next person 🙂
*How familiar are you with the original Tarzan books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs ?
*Did you like the CGI?
*Did you have a favorite character or actor?
I’m looking forward to seeing what you think!