the movie tries to take, and almost none of them finish strongly.
I really liked the initial impression I got from the movie. The movie starts and Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) has taken up his previous moniker of John Clayton and is living in England. There are few vestiges left of the man he once was – a slouched posture, a curved, tough knuckle – and he seems to be adapting to his new life. Jane (Margot Robbie) seems to be less adapted, which is a fun turn on what you would expect, seeing as in most interpretations she was raised in England. Soon though, Dr. Williams (Sam Jackson) convinces Tarzan to return to the Congo and help stop a rampant slave trade
disjointed feel of the film. This myriad of techniques causes some scenes to feel like the blockbuster that the movie was truly meant to be, and other scenes to feel like they are out of an intense romance film. There is one scene in particular with Tarzan and Jane in their bungalow type hut that features incredibly intense close-ups where you can see imperfections and pores on the actor’s skin. It’s beautiful, but it’s also confusing, because almost no other scenes feature this attention to detail.
Women in movies have come so far from the original Tarzan films. Whereas before women were there simply to serve the needs of men in films (sexually, marital-ly, damsel-ly), now we have real flesh and blood characters being brought to screen. The problem here is that Jane now has mixed lenses. She must be the traditional damsel for Tarzan to rescue (this drives the majority of the plot), but she must also be capable of her own rescue. What I thought was the biggest problem with the film was the directors and writers not being bold enough to go far enough with their ideas in this respect. For her part, Robbie does a good job at being both likeable and believable.
Overall, there are some fun action scenes (Tarzan with the gorillas) and some nice scenes with attention to detail. Unfortunately though, you’ll feel your interest waning as the movie plods on, and for that reason, it’s getting a “C-“ from me.
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