The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review
Even though the critics from Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer gave the film 34%, I liked how the movie was respectfully crafted, and so did many of the fans giving it a 74% in the Audience Score. I loved the way the film showcased the African people and a smidgen of their culture and how greed and corruption threatens all life.
Director David Yates, most known for his work on the Harry Potter sequels, did a wonderful job of marrying the human world with the myriad of animals and tangled vines of the jungle.
Utilizing Tarzan, aka John Clayton (ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD - most recently know as True Blood's Eric Northman) as a guide through the camouflage of the jungle with the aid of some old family natives and wild friends he faces the task of trying to find and free the people of the land and free his love and wife. Jane (Margot Robbie - mostly known for her work in The Wolf of Wall Street and Z for Zachariah).
The film had an overall neutral and muted color pallet thanks to Cinematographer Henry Braham (The Golden Compass, Flyboys). When back in the "Civilized" world there would be more color yet still muted reflecting the attitude and mood of the 1st world, also characterized by the overcast, fog and cloudy weather. The jungle was no brighter thanks to Senior Art Director David Allday (Maleficent, John Carter) whom painted another muted landscape that avoided much color, showcasing a very less fairytale approach to the Trazan story.
Special kudos to George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp Fiction, Django, Captain America The Winter Soldier) for his role as the side kick with more kick than usual partners. His performance was tastefully crafted to add some of the quintessential Jacksoness that he always brings, but was a little milder than usual, I assume, because of the PG-13 rating and the younger audience that David wanted to bring into the theater.
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