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Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it.Written by
The second film in which Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson played adversaries. In Django Unchained (2012), Waltz was the good guy, and Jackson was the villain. In this film, it is Jackson who is a good guy, and Waltz who is a villain. See more »
The film mentions that the Force Publique is a European mercenary force and it is depicted as (almost) exclusively white (European). In reality the Force Publique was a native (i.e. black) force commanded by European officers (some regular, some mercenary). See more »
A missing fantasy world without the beauty of brutality
The story of Tarzan is more a tragedy in today's world. It is a sad time where we rape nature, destroy balance and revel in our destruction. When I used to read ERB's books, it did transport me to fantasy land. A land where everything was in harmony. In balance. In sync. Where the circle of life was complete. This movie, did remind me of our rapacious nature. It signaled the unstoppable nature of human appetite for destruction. But as a standalone move, it could have been better.
I read somewhere in trivia that Tarzan was a superhero. Well, not exactly with super powers, but definitely super human. He was supposed to have these extraordinary capabilities. He had been able to even defeat the great apes. The story teller or the director may have wanted to show the vulnerable or weaker side of him, but to me that was not Tarzan. For him to be defeated physically, his foe would have had to also been subject to character development. Tarzan is a character that is meant to challenge our physicality. If it were intelligence, I would go for, off the top of my head, 12 Angry Men, JRRT's LOTR and Peter Jackson for imagination, Star Wars for effects. I would have really liked to see Tarzan fighting and winning physical fights.
At the end of the day, Tarzan won. Simply because of his brute force in the sensitive universe of Africa. Not politicking. I hope the next story stays in the glorious fantasy world of ERB and brings out the physicality of Tarzan with a poignant touch. We don't really need realism here, but brutality. I want to see magnificent fighting. I want a contrast of nature with our modernity. I want the star of the movie to be Nature, her beauty and what might have been.
PS. It may have been interesting to see why Tarzan transitioned from nudity to loin cloth/pants!
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