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Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it.Written by
A mobile gym was set-up on-set for the benefit of Alexander Skarsgård by his trainer Magnus Lygdback. Lygdback would always have weights on hand, for Skarsgård to work with between shots. Lygdback said, "This new Tarzan is very cut, very shredded. So for the shirtless shots, we want a very pumped look, so Alex always likes to pump some weights before he is on." Skarsgård also used the surrounding jungle trees and terrain, to do pull-ups and push-ups any chance he had, as that further enhanced his on-camera look. Director David Yates said that he was astonished by Skarsgård's dedication. He said, " I have never seen an actor work so hard to get the body right. Alex worked so hard. He was constantly working out between takes, to make sure he looked like the best version of Tarzan that you can imagine." See more »
On several occasions we can see wild carrot plants, like in the beginning of the movie where Mr Waltz is picking one. The Daucus carrota, wild carrot, is common in England where the movie was shot. Its not an African plant, most certainly not at the time the film was supposed to happen. See more »
(heavy sigh) It's OK, but it could have been great
The core Tarzan story is not only iconic, it speaks to something deep within us. It is at the same time the ultimate Romance and the ultimate Action tale. It is no coincidence that, almost a century ago, when young Hollywood looked to find a franchise for its new "talkie" motion pictures, they turned to the Tarzan tale, and spawned a franchise so successful that it literally outlived the shelf life of its star.
In my lifetime I have seen well over a dozen versions, retellings and re-imaginings of the Tarzan story. I have no doubt that after I am gone, producers and writers will continue to be attracted to it and continue to "make their bones" by bending it to their unique style.
That said, this one is not especially good. After a great opening scene, there is the filmic equivalent of "dead air" for about 35 minutes and when the script does finally get in gear it stumbles and falls, subject to a wildly disjointed narrative and equally bizarre editing.
Alexander Skarsgård has been impressive in other films (a race driver, a superhero) and I think with different material and a different director he could have connected. Christoph Waltz and Sam Jackson remain two of the most over-exposed stars in Hollywood and, good as they are, they are running out of clever ways to play the same character over and over. And over. And over.
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