Go ape over a Tarzan who is in full swing
The Legend Of Tarzan (PG13)
104 minutes/Opens today
Lord Greystoke, better known as the mythical Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard), has left the African jungles to lead a gentrified life in England. One day, he and his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) are invited to return to Congo to serve as trade emissaries for the English parliament, unaware that they are pawns in an evil plot led by the cruel Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).
THIS is one beautiful piece of work.
Director David Yates really has a great eye - he gave us excellent cinematography in his Harry Potter films and he has done it again here with the help of cinematographer Henry Braham.
The African jungle is luscious, the animals so photorealistic and he also has two gorgeous leads.
Not only are Skarsgard and Robbie such a good-looking couple, their winning chemistry also gives this actioner-cum-romance the X-factor.
What impresses me is that Yates gives this classic tale a strong heroine, not a damsel in distress.
Jane is Tarzan's equal in almost every way. She puts up a fight when captured and spits in the face of her captor instead of screaming for help.
Skarsgard is relegated to doing all the physical work while Robbie is given the task of engaging in a war of words with Leon. Both deliver on all fronts.
Yates was said to have chosen Skarsgard over Henry "Superman" Cavill to be his hero and I'm glad he did.
Yates' vision of Tarzan is a refined gentleman who has suppressed his animal instincts.
The towering Swedish actor looks more at home running through the forest and swinging from tree to tree than chunky Cavill, with his body-builder physique, ever will.
The only downside is Waltz's character who comes across as a one-dimensional, stereotypical villain, a role the Oscar winner has played one too many times.
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