The story of Tarzan has been retold and remade for almost every generation and it can be hard to stand out as something special in a world so expansive, but Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie are the perfect Tarzan and Jane for the 21st century.
The film begins in London and Tarzan, or John Clayton as he's known, has adapted to life as a member of the House of Lords, but his legend lives on.
When he journeys back to Africa with Jane and George Washington Williams, played with his usual likeability and flair by Samuel L. Jackson, Tarzan crosses paths with the greedy and contemptible Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who is working with the King of Belgium to enslave the Congolese people and exploit their lands for their own gain.
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Waltz is the ultimate movie villain and while he can always deliver the bad guy lines to perfection, there isn't really anything new here.
There's another baddie in the mix too as Djimon Hounsou plays the vengeful Chief Mbonga. His intensity and emotion is scene-stealing and my only complaint is that we don't see enough of him.
Skarsgård blurs the lines between the man raised in the wild and the English gentlemen very well and he really looks the part. Margot Robbie is the kind of independent, self-sufficient, sassy leading lady we're thankfully seeing more and more of in action adventures of late. She is no damsel in distress and she doesn't need constant rescuing by her buff, fearless husband.
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Their relationship is a partnership, their love for each other is clear and the chemistry between the two leads is good, but the love story takes a back seat to the action, and that's totally ok.
The CGI will have you swinging from the trees; it's immersive and effective at drawing the creatures of the jungle into the narrative, and bringing the world of the film to life. At the beginning there are a couple of moments where we see the young Tarzan interacting with gorillas that jar just a little, but from then on, it's absolutely excellent straight through to the end.
The sets, too, are astounding. Filmed in director Yates' old stomping ground of the Leavesden Studios in London where he worked on the final four Harry Potter films, it's impossible to tell where the real locations in Gabon end and the sound stage begins.
The Legend of Tarzan is visually darker and grittier than those that have gone before and while there are a few cheesy scenes thrown in the mix, I was entertained throughout and the time flew by.
Click the video links below to watch our interviews with Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, director David Yates, producer David Barron and Africa Technical Advisor Josh Ponte: