bbieIf you look at Hollywood’s current line up of movies, it might seem like they’re running out of ideas. We’ve just seen Independence Day: Resurgence, a sequel to a movie that came out 20 years ago. There’s a new all-female version of the Ghostbusters, a well-loved film that first came out in 1984. And now there’s The Legend of Tarzan, the latest film adaptation of the famous novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. From the 1920s until today, the silver screen has seen more than 80 versions (you can check it for yourself on IMDB since I lost count when I got to 80 nung narealize kong maiksi ang buhay at sinasayang ko sa pagbibilang kung ilang Tarzan movies na ang lumabas) of the ape-man and that includes the Starzan movies made by our very own screen legends Joey de Leon and Rene Requiestas in the 1980s.

We’ve already seen a funny Filipino version, we’ve seen it as an animated Disney movie, so now the question: is this really a story worth revisiting?

The short answer is no. But to be fair though, the movie didn’t give audiences a reboot. Why bother, right? Everyone knows who Tarzan is and we didn’t need to spend the first hour of the movie going over his origin story. Instead, this movie finds Tarzan (or John Clayton as he now likes to be called) already married to Jane (played by the beautiful Margot Robbie) and now living in England. King Leopold II of Belgium, sends an expedition to colonize the Congo and harvest diamonds at the expense of the inhabitants.

Tarzan ditches the loincloth and actually wears pants for this one.

The British government with the help of real life-African American activist George Washington Williams (played by Samuel L. Jackson) prods Tarzan, the favorite son of Africa, to come back to the jungle and investigate the injustices that the Congolese people are suffering at the hands of Leopold’s henchman Leon Rom (played by Christoph Waltz). Like all Tarzan movies, the villains manage to kidnap Jane and it’s up to Tarzan to save her as he howls and swings on vines. How Tarzan became the “ape-man” that he is and how he met Jane is told in intermittent flashbacks.

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5/10. It’s not that the movie is bad, although it’s also not very good as well. But ultimately the problem is that it’s forgettable. You’re probably going to forget about it in a week. Mas may chance pang maalala mo yung masarap na kinain mo for lunch last Tuesday. Watch it if you don’t have anything better to do and you really have to kill 2 hours of your time. Otherwise, you can probably skip it.


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