The Legend of Tarzan (2016) – Film Review

Director David Yates was busy in 2016 trying to breathe new life into well-known franchises. He directed both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Legend of Tarzan. Both films came out in 2016 and tried to breathe new life into their film franchises. One was fairly successful (until the sequels came out), but the other film a lot less so. Here’s a hint: the more successful film does not contain the big scream that this character is so well known for. As you might have guessed — unless you think Newt Scamander is good at screaming — The Legend of Tarzan became a lot less successful than Yates’ other directed film from 2016. However, The Legend of Tarzan is, in my opinion, the more underrated film. The film may be far from an excellent film, but I do think the film is good. This is an entertaining film that can be appreciated mainly for the fact that it lets the legend of Tarzan’s stories stay alive. The stories surrounding Tarzan are almost as old as the movies made about him. Tarzan is one of the best-known movie characters and a precursor to the modern cinematic action hero and superhero. The movie character is somewhat dated, but Yates makes an attempt to modernize the story somewhat. The director does this by capitalizing on themes that other films surrounding Tarzan discuss less — such as the dangers of colonialism and the terrible history of slavery. Yates may not succeed one hundred percent in portraying these topics equally well. But the director does manage to portray the topics well enough (at least solidly). Furthermore, the film offers plenty of action moments in which we see Tarzan and Jane, with the help of animals, defeating bad guys.