5 Reasons to watch "The Legend of Tarzan"
Writer: Casey Chong
Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) and Jane (Margot Robbie) in "The Legend Of Tarzan".
These days, Hollywood has been riding the current trend of all things nostalgic. So it comes as no surprise that the classic tale of Tarzan is being revived for today's generation.
After all, it has been 18 years since we last got a live-action Tarzan movie for the big screen and that movie in question was the huge debacle of "Tarzan And The Lost City" starring Casper Van Dien and Jane March.
Fast forward to 2016, and Tarzan is finally making a big budget comeback in the form of "The Legend of Tarzan".
Directed by David Yates, this upcoming action adventure features a stellar cast including Alexander Skarsgard (TV's "True Blood"), Margot Robbie ("Suicide Squad"), Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") and Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight").
With "The Legend of Tarzan" releasing this 30 June 2016, here are the five reasons why you should get excited for this big budget action-adventure extravaganza.
1. David Yates directing
David Yates, the director of "The Legend of Tarzan". (Photo: wegotthiscovered.com)
Whether or not the name above sounds familiar to you, he is one of the most sought-after British directors known for his final four "Harry Potter" movies from "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix" (2007) to the two-part finale of "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" (2010-2011). "The Legend Of Tarzan" marks his first movie since directing the last "Harry Potter" movie in 2011, which ended up grossing an astonishing USD1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. With his prior experience of working on a big-budget blockbuster franchise and elaborate set-pieces, "The Legend of Tarzan" might bring back the cinematic glory of Edgar Rice Burroughs' most famous fictional character if done right.
2. This is NOT an origin story
Tarzan a.k.a. John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgard) and George Washington Williams
(Samuel L. Jackson) in a scene from "The Legend of Tarzan".
Traditionally speaking, a reboot of an existing famous property often means "starting all over again with an origin story". Tarzan is one of the most recognisable fictional characters ever seen in cinema history that has been filmed in different incarnations since the silent black-and-white era of 1918. By now, it is safe to say that many of us are familiar with the origin story of Tarzan. So, rather than start all over again with the origin of Tarzan in the jungle, director David Yates alongside his two screenwriters, Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer opted for a fresh approach. A now civilized Tarzan has been invited to Congo to serve as trade emissary of Parliament where he encounters the evil Belgian Captain Leon Rom. It is no doubt a refreshing of pace from the usual reboot you might come to expect, and this also means that "The Legend of Tarzan" doesn't have to spend too much time on the origin story.
3. The new Tarzan
Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan.
No amount of money spent lavishly on the set design, special effects and stunt choreography would mean a thing if the central focus alone isn't convincing enough. Of course, we are talking none other than Tarzan himself. From the look of the trailers that have been released so far, Alexander Skarsgard certainly looks the part as the new Tarzan, particularly with his astonishing 6'4" height and a well-built muscular figure. If he plays his character well enough and the movie makes enough money at the box office, this could be his big ticket to Hollywood's A-list stardom.
4. The new Jane
Margot Robbie as Jane Porter in "The Legend of Tarzan".
No Tarzan movie would be complete without the appearance of his love interest, Jane Porter. And just like how important it is to cast the right actor to play the Tarzan character, the same also goes to the actress who plays Jane Porter. And so the honour goes to Margot Robbie, a currently hot-in-demand actress who has appeared in a number of high-profile Hollywood movies including "The Wolf of Wall Street", "Focus" and the upcoming supervillain ensemble of "Suicide Squad" this August. Unlike the previous incarnation of a Tarzan movie that often portrays Jane as a classic damsel-in-distress, David Yates has previously mentioned that Jane is "in no way a passive partner to Tarzan. She's really a strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgeable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself". No doubt the 25-year-old Australian actress has the combination of looks, glamour and sophistication that suits her perfectly to portray the new incarnation of Jane Porter.
5. Christoph Waltz as the main villain
Christoph Waltz as the villain Captain Leon Rom.
"The Legend of Tarzan" features a real-life character in the form of Captain Leon Rom, who is a ruthless figure known for keeping severed heads of Africans in his flower bed as well as his boundless brutality against the people he killed. So, what's better than the two-time Academy winner Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds", "Django Unchained") himself to portray Captain Leon Rom. After all, he is no stranger to playing wicked characters such as Colonel Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds", August in "Water For Elephants" and Blofeld in "Spectre".
Cinema Online, 25 June 2016
"The Legend of Tarzan" opens in cinemas nationwide on 30 June 2016.