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|Originaltitel:||The Legend of Tarzan|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 110 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsg;rd) and his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) have been living in London for several years now. The times in which he lived as Tarzan in the jungle of the Congo far away from any civilization are long gone. But then John is commissioned by parliament to return to his old home as a special ambassador. Accompanied by activist George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson), he is to negotiate important trade issues. But John hesitates to return to the Congo, especially not together with Jane. The situation in the country is too dangerous and some people still have a score to settle with Tarzan. But Jane does not let herself be deterred from accompanying her husband on this important journey. And so the three set off, unaware that they are only the pawns in a perfidious plan of the unscrupulous Belgian Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who is ready for his goals to deliver Tarzan to his greatest adversary…
With "Legend of Tarzan" director David Yates ("Harry Potter") delivers a very classic adventure film that tries to win a few new pages for the well-known story about the popular novel and cinema hero Tarzan. This is to be achieved by combining fictional and historical elements in the script. While Tarzan and Jane are only inventions of the writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, George Washington Williams and Leon Rome actually existed. Rome, a high-ranking Belgian officer, was presumably heavily involved in the Congo Mouths under the leadership of King Leopold II, as the film also hints at. It makes history interesting that it is embedded in a historical context. However, the shattering true backgrounds are greatly weakened in order to guarantee the film's mass suitability and not deter the audience.
The well-known Tarzan story is only touched upon in flashbacks. We see how young John Clayton loses his parents and is raised by monkeys, how he meets Jane and falls in love with her and how it finally comes to the event, because of which he actually wanted to stay away from the Congo forever. But these parts of history only play a subordinate role. The fight against the gloomy machinations of Leon Rome is in the centre, whereby this offers relatively few surprises. The mixture of fact and fiction was turned into a very conventional adventure story. This can entertain well, but nothing more. Neither the actors, nor the admittedly very good action sequences are firmly in the viewer's memory.
Alexander Skarsgård is at least physically absolutely convincing as a jungle hero, whereas his acting talent is less challenged. Christoph Waltz again plays exactly the role that opened all doors for him in Hollywood and Samuel L. Jackson as Tarzan's sidekick provides a touch of coolness and some amusing moments that prevent the whole thing from taking itself too seriously. That's a good thing, because in those moments when that doesn't happen, involuntary comedy comes up, which gets in the way of the positive overall impression.
All in all, "Legend of Tarzan" is one of the films in the category "Can you take a look": great pictures, good action, an attractive pair of screens and lots of classic adventure romance. This is not new and also not really groundbreakingly staged. For an entertaining cinema evening, however, this is perfectly sufficient and therefore, despite some justified criticisms, there is a clear one: Worth seeing!
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