The Legend of Tarzan Review
When first seeing Director David Yates latest project, I was interested to see how the production would turn out and how the cast including Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L Jackson and Djimon Hounsou would bring a fresh take on the globally recognised story.
As the opening lines were spoken, the scene was set for a journey away from the realms of conformity and gentrification and into the heart of the jungle, where tooth and claw carved the rules. Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) now residing in Victorian London claimed his legacy when he met his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie). Now known by the name of John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke he seems to be settled in his new surroundings and title.
Finding an invitation presented to him to return to his homeland the Congo by the parliament as a trade missionary, was an offer which could not be refused when George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) tells of his suspicion of the Belgium King, Leopold II using illegal slave labour to create his rail networks on the Congo basin. Unknown to Williams, Tarzan was the currency in a bargaining agreement between Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) and Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou), granting Rom access to the diamond mines of Opar to fund his King's corrupt country. It seemed that this was only the beginning of something much bigger.
Arriving in Congo it was clear that the assumptions had been enforced uncovering the unethical tactics of the Kings regime with enslaving the locals and exploitation of the region for its precious minerals. This was just at the beginning of what was to be uncovered next.
The Legend of Tarzan proved to be a thrilling, action packed movie where a real sense of community and fighting for what was right was deeply embedded in the script. The underlying messages allowed you to see that greed had no place in world and the consequences of its followers were fatal. Overall David Yates managed to projectify a movie which allowed you to feel anything was possible, holding true to the Legend that is Tarzan.