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‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Review: Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie & Samuel L. Jackson

The Legend of Tarzan begins after Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard), who now goes by his birth name John Clayton, has returned to his birthplace in England, after he has been saved by his now wife Jane (Margot Robbie) from the jungle in Africa. Now that he has returned to England, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) proposes that he return to Africa to investigate activities at a mining location. At first John doesn’t want to go, but it’s Jane who convinced him they must return to their true home in Africa, even if only for a little while.

Alexander Skarsgard is physically the perfect fit for Tarzan. He’s tall, has great long blonde hair and is insanely fit for the role. I wish the screenplay allowed him some more dialogue, but then again I suppose Tarzan is a man of few words. The screenplay allows flashbacks of Tarzan while he was in the jungle, but I wanted even more of those, especially the ones surrounding how Tarzan and Jane met. Skarsgard has a great on screen presence but his co-star Margot Robbie is the one who steals every scene. These two have a great chemistry, but I would have personally like to have seen more into how they first met. We all know the story of Tarzan song understand why director David Yates doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on the backstory, but then again that’s the best part of the story!

Margot Robbie elevates everything she is in. I absolutely adore Alexander Skarsgard and Eric Northman from True Blood is easily one of my favorite TV characters of all time. But in Tarzan, I was far more interested in Jane than the title character. Robbie gives Jane a breath of fresh air and an ethereal feel yet doesn’t play a damsel at all. She gives Jane strength and confidence, a perfect match for the brooding and determined Tarzan. Plus, she’s one of my favorite actresses working right now! Just flawless!

What I Like: MARGOT ROBBIE!! One of the best actresses working today, flawless in this role. Alexander Skarsgard’s abs and the sweet moment Tarzan has when reuniting with the lions from his childhood.

What I Didn’t Like: How Christoph Waltz plays the same exact character in every movie he is in. Django Unchained has been his bet role and it’s because that was different! The apes looked a little too CGI to me, for example the animals in Disney’s The Jungle Book looked far more real. Margot Robbie’s orange hair, not her fault! Just didn’t make sense, it was obviously colored and Jane would never be the woman to color her hair, should have gone with a more natural, even darker blonde.

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