The Legend of Tarzan

Mark Fields

Mark Fields

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A reboot of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan character suffers from a similar “white savior” problem as Free State of Jones. Attempting to update and make the Tarzan tale culturally relevant, this version tosses in a mission to prevent slavery and exploitation but still leaves the heroics to the white guy in a loincloth. Alexander Skarsgard does little more than brood and flex his impressive abs. Samuel L. Jackson provides both gravitas and comic relief. But Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz are both stuck in stereotypical roles (ostensibly-liberated damsel and scenery-chewing villain) they have done better elsewhere. The CGI beasties and Henry Braham’s gorgeous photography, are beautifully realistic, and Rupert Gregson-Williams’ music soars. Director David Yates (veteran of multiple Harry Potter movies) keeps the story moving briskly, but not enough to hide the movie’s abundant flaws.

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