Tarzan has always been a part of my pop culture landscape. Johnny Weissmuller double features on Friday nights. Syndicated Ron Ely on Saturday afternoons. Miles O'Keefe on late night cable.
Okay, that last one may have had to more with Jane, but I digress.
Throw in the Joe Kubert comic books, the Disney movie, Christopher Lambert, Marvel's Ka-Zar and Pitfall! and you can see how the Lord of the Jungle was a formative figure in my geekening (copyright 2016 GonzoGeek Media, Inc.).
So, I was very excited to see Tarzan get another go on the big screen. Enter The Legend of Tarzan
Wondering what the setup is? Glad you asked.
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot 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, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
The Legend of Tarzan is a slick update of the Tarzan legend for the new century. Colonialism, slavery, murder and revenge are the orders of the day. Watching the former King of the Apes fight his natural instincts as he pretends to be Lord Greystoke is fun, but not nearly as fun as watching him slowly return to the man he really is - Not John Clayton, but Tarzan.
Did I mention that Samuel L. Jackson is in the movie? He is. He plays a US emissary who ends up on an unexpected adventure with Tarzan. Jackson reaction to an Africa he never knew existed is almost worth the price of admission alone.
The Legend of Tarzan is available on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Point Break via purchase from digital retailers. Fans can also own The Legend of Tarzan via purchase from digital retailers.
Overall, I was very pleased with The Legend of Tarzan
. It added a welcome new layer to the familiar character without sacrificing what had gone before or playing him for laughs. Give the movie a look if you have ever enjoyed a Tarzan movie. You won't be disappointed.
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