I expected very little of this film, however, I did want to see it due to its extremely talented cast. I actually ended up finding myself liking the film very much.
The writing of the film was much better than I had expected. It is fun, and while it is a little formulaic, it has enough bright spots that it compensates for that flaw. The integration of humor into the script was among my favorite parts of the film, with much of the humor coming from Robbie, Jackson, or Waltz. The film also did a very good job with the emotional moments, creating interesting family dynamics, both within the human world and the animal world. In addition, the film for the most part succeeds in telling much of the backstory through flashbacks and relevant conversation, with only a few exceptions using blatant expository dialogue.
The film is also very aesthetically impressive. The cinematography is mostly phenomenal, with only a few of the shots during the action scenes being iffy in quality. The CGI is great too, except for one or two scenes, including one where characters are swinging on vines, that look a bit cartoonish. The score of the film is also impressive.
The acting of the film, which was the main draw for me, was impressive. Skarsgård was a good actor to play the protagonist, showing the right emotions (or lack thereof) at the necessary times. Christoph Waltz was as menacing of a protagonist as he always is, adding his personality to the role, which was a perfect fit. Margot Robbie was a great addition to the film, playing a more developed Jane as opposed to the damsel-in-distress version, making me even more excited for her role as Harley Quinn. Samuel L. Jackson served as both a good sidekick for Tarzan and good comedic relief. Dijon Hounsou's performance, while brief, is also very good, with him performing very realistic emotion.
So overall, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Legend of Tarzan". I thought that it was underrated, very enjoyable, and actually pretty well-made.
The Legend of Tarzan
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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