Wow, finally a Tarzan movie that matches the sweeping fantasy of the Edgar Rice Burroughs pulp novels. This looks like a fun movie that focuses on what makes Tarzan the pulp “super” hero that has endured the test of time. The movie stars Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan, Margot Robbie as Jane, Christoph Waltz as Captain Rom, Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams, and Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga.
Here’s the official synopsis…
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
To be honest Greystoke was always my favorite Tarzan movie because of it’s earnest telling of the Tarzen “myth”. Other than some of the effects, the movie holds up as a great story. But I think (and hope) this movie will top Greystoke with it’s over the top action and fantasy aspects. I wonder, if this movie makes bank could we see things that were in the books? Who wouldn’t want to see Tarzan fight dinosaurs or help a tiny tribe of Ant Men?
The Legend of Tarzan opens July 1, 2016