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The Legend of Tarzan - 3 Stars

Visually stunning Tarzan lacks in plot.

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

This movie is beautiful, not only does the movie look perfect - but the integration of CGI and live action cast is seamless. Credit must go to cinematographer and director (our recent podcast guest David Yates) on their impressive work in this field.

Performances are a little mixed, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson steal the film - their performances captivating. Alexander Skarsgard has an interesting take on Tarzan, perhaps the quietest of any performer yet. This provides the character with a little more depth and mystery - however he fails and at times looks more mopey than complex. Margot Robbie isn’t a horrible Jane, but this isn’t one of her greater performances.

The script however is lacking, it’s filled with huge, visually stunning battle sequences, some interesting out of place dialogue, but lacks the required scriptural polish.

Overall a mixed bag - stunning visuals, great direction, good performances (some great) - yet it lacks a strong script.

3 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment

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