MOVIE REVIEW: The King of the Jungle still has it
THE Legend of Tarzan is not an easy movie to like, but there is plenty to like about it if you get past its obvious offerings.
The first three minutes set the tone: Colonial powers are turning Africa into a slavery den after the 1884 meeting of European powers grasped control over the continent.
This is a sequel to the story of John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgard), who, following his parents death in Africa, would be raised by an ape and would be known as Tarzan.
In this film, he has left Africa to go to England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter (Australia's Margot Robbie).
Tarzan is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go back to Africa. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) wants Tarzan's help to uncover Leopold's slave trade in Congo.
Is this a film about the way Europe changed Africa? It could have been, but instead it becomes an ode to Skarsgards' physique.
So if you want an interesting sequel to the original Tarzan, or a good look at Skargard's abs, this is the film for you.
This film is well directed and offers great performances, CGI effects and the mythical sex appeal of the King of the Jungle.
- Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson
- Director: David Yates
- Reviewer: Javier Encalada
- Verdict: 4/5