The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan

David Yates (2016)

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Our Score
If there was a good reason to revive the legend of Tarzan, director David Yates doesn't find it. He introduces us to the jungle hero (Alexander Skarsgård) as a member of the House of Lords wearing a suit, drinking tea with pinkie finger extended and musing on the plight of the Congolese whose country, in 1884, is being carved up between Britain and Belgium. Samuel L Jackson plays the American Civil War veteran who prompts him to go back and determine whether the Belgians are dealing in slaves. Margot Robbie plays wife Jane who insists she's no damsel. Still, she ends up in peril at the hands of Christoph Waltz's typically camp villain who has struck a deal with Djimon Hounsou's tribal leader for Tarzan's head. Yates gives him psychological demons to grapple with, too, but this only amounts to moping between fly-by-vine, butt-kicking frolics that are brief and badly edited. By the time Tarzan does his trademark yodel, the excitement is gone. The script is too uncertain, treading softly-softly to make the character seem less of a relic. Tarzan just never finds his feet.


Years after leaving his old home behind, Tarzan is lured back to Africa and into a trap. Adventure, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

John Clayton / Tarzan Alexander Skarsgård
George Washington Williams Samuel L Jackson
Jane Clayton Margot Robbie
Chief Mbonga Djimon Hounsou
Leon Rom Christoph Waltz
Professor Archimedes Q Porter John Hurt
Mr Frum Simon Russell Beale
Prime Minister Jim Broadbent
Captain Kerckhover Casper Crump
Young Tarzan Rory J Saper
Director David Yates
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Jul 2016