The Legend of Tarzan 2016

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It’s debatable whether the world really needed a new Tarzan movie in 2016, but David Yates’s lush adventure was probably better than the traditional origins story that might be expected. The Legend of Tarzan begins with Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) and Jane (Margot Robbie) happily living a sophisticated, domesticated life-style in Britain; the ape-man is lured back to Africa to act as a white-savior and sort out the nefarious activities of Christoph Waltz. The Belgian Congo background is an unfamiliar and colorful terrain, and there’s decent action and suspense sequences as well as a cleverly engineered set of original flashbacks. The Legend of Tarzan may not have rewritten the book as far as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ character is concerned, but it’s original enough blockbuster fare to be going on with.

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