King Of The Apes Film Analysis

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A. Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow Pictures decided to take the classical story of the “Lord of the Apes” by giving it a modern makeover. The Legend of Tarzan, staring Alexander Skarsgård as John Clayton/Tarzan and Margot Robbie as Jane Clayton, recycles an old tale of the beefy white man in a loincloth saving African yet again. The movie starts in 1890, the post era of “King of the Jungle,” roughly ten years after Tarzan left the Congo. Tarzan has been re-assimilated into 19th Century England under the new name, John Clayton. He is a more civilized version of the swinging hero most know and love as he has adapted to life in London along with his wife Jane. As a celebrity, legend and Earl of Greystoke, John Clayton is
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Having a movie about racism in our modern world can be risky. This film however takes probably the safest approaches possible to addressing this issue. One way is by having both Tarzan and Jane’s backstory originate in Africa. Having them grow up in the Congo and being well loved by the natives did make it seem more okay in that they are family. Though the color of their skin is different they are considered equals amongst each other. Also, having Samuel L. Jackson play was a smart move. In this case his character served as “an archetype who never existed in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ century old Africa-set Tarzan stories – a black hero” (). He is loosely based off the “real-life historian and Civil War veteran named George Washington Williams” (). In this film, Williams does not only serve as Tarzan’s co-conspirator, but also as the comic relief (as is expected when Jackson steps into any scene). In general, Jackson is a great actor, always bringing energy and humor to his role. However, there were some moments that he just seemed out of place, like when he would say a seemingly funny line in a completely serious context interrupting an emotional build up. Overall, having Jackson take on such an important supporting role does show a good attempt at racial diversity and political correctness. Speaking of great characters, Alexander Skarsgård does a tremendous job of his interpretation of John Clayton/Tarzan. He is this 6’4”, super buff guy who is kindly spirited …show more content…
The Legend of Tarzan was entertaining to a degree. The cinematography was fantastic! Though the CGI lacked at times, the sumptuous and breathtaking scenery made up for that. I would have enjoyed seeing more action sequences as the story can be very drawn out. I understand that establishing the plot is important, but too much plot development can lead to a super serious and/or boring movie. The production team should have had more fun with it (it is Tarzan for goodness sakes)! More action would have made the movie so much more enjoyable to sit through. Overall, it is worth seeing at least once – especially if you are a huge Tarzan fan –, but this recycled tale just feels

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