(2016) (Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: A late 19th century British aristocrat returns to Africa, where he was raised by apes, to investigate questionable business activities in the Congo.
- It's the late 1800s and Belgium's King Leopold has taken over much of Africa's Congo. Yet, he's running out of money and has sent Leon Rom (CHRISTOPH WALTZ) there to extract diamonds from the colony via the use of slaves, but has run into problems in the form of tribal leader Chief Mbonga (DJIMON HOUNSOU). That man agrees to let Leon get those valuable stones if the latter delivers Tarzan to him. The only problem is that the legendary ape man (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD) is now living in London under his birth name, John Clayton, with his wife, Jane (MARGOT ROBBIE), in their Greystoke manor.
Orphaned as a child and raised by gorillas, John has no intent on returning. But the Prime Minister (JIM BROADBENT) and U.S. diplomatic envoy George Washington Williams (SAMUEL L. JACKSON) think he's the right person to build better relations with the Belgian king, with George also concerned about the growing slave trade there, what with having fought in the Civil War as a black man to end just that in America. With Jane -- who grew up in Africa due to her father teaching English in the jungle where she ultimately met her future husband -- John travels there with her and George, and meet with their old tribal friends, including Wasimbu (SIDNEY RALITSOELE).
Unbeknownst to them, Leon has set up a trap to capture John, but when that doesn't work he nabs Jane instead. From that point on, John -- reverting back to his former Tarzan ways -- then sets out to rescue his wife, aided by George, Wasimbu and a variety of animals under his command.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into movies about Tarzan, they probably will. Otherwise, it's highly questionable if they're not a fan of someone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue.
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