The story felt meaningful with messages of slavery, colonization, and animal hunting. The preservation of nature is important to note. Is everything predictable and to the point? Yes. This movie is family friendly, unless guns and knives don’t take your child’s fancy, and allows everyone to see the harm that can come with oppression or deforestation and gold digging. Everyone in the cast brings something particular to their character to the story. There’s comedic relief, a feisty damsel, an acrimonious villain, and the stoic hero. Not sure if the damsel is distressed, Jane (played by Margot Robbie) seemed fully confident in her husband’s capabilities and her own resolve.
As a visual person, the jungle panoramas were beautiful but a lot CGI was thrown in. It’s not like it would be a good idea to put actors face to face with real gorillas or Mangani apes, fictional species of from the original Tarzan novels. The characters were dirty and gritty as they made their way through the jungle but still acted with a sense of pride or sophistication. This reincarnation of Tarzan is more civilized, after adapting to London and despite being raised in Africa by apes, with a sense of serenity from the scenery. Ironic because everything can seemingly eat you.
The Legend of Tarzan starts in his future after living in the jungle and learning about his heritage. I find that many comments bash on Tarzan for not wearing a loin cloth or white washing said jungle man. Yes, he could have been more tan but the forest canopy could have shielded him all those years from the sun light. Pointless notion for the loin cloth, the movie starts in England where Tarzan has assimilated into an Englishman because he was born to Lord and Lady Greystoke, a rich London family. This Tarzan (played by Alexander Skarsgård) was determined to save his Jane and kept it that way. He was neither savage nor a gentleman.