The latest film adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic story finds Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, being called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan / John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke.
Margot Robbie as Jane Porter Clayton, Lady Greystoke, Tarzan’s wife.
Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams
Christoph Waltz as Captain Léon Rom
Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbenga.
Directed by David Yates. Written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer.

A solid first act sets up the latest incarnation of the King of the Jungle well enough. The idea to introduce Tarzan a few years after returning to England is a brilliant one, with the well-known origin story left to flashbacks. The locations are stunning, the scenery is often break-taking and the special effects depicting the gorillas are spectacular.

Skarsgård and Robbie are competent in their respective roles – there is palpable chemistry between the duo – with Robbie revealing in the modern (feminist) interpretation of Jane. However, it is Waltz’s scene-stealing performance as the obligatory antagonist (and to a lesser extent, Jackson’s comedic relief) that keeps the film entertaining.

Bottom Line
Though as a franchise, Legend of Tarzan is not going to threaten the dominance of the superheroes, it has enough panache and visual thrills to justify its existence.

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In the cinemas now.