We all have watched Tarzan in our childhood or teenage years whether its the Walt Disney, or the different other versions of the movie.
I’ll give you 2 reasons to watch it. The first one is because this version takes a different approach to the previous versions of the tale we know. Tarzan will be re-assimilated into society. After 10 years away from the Jungle, Tarzan is asked by the Queen of England to investigate the wrongdoings of a warlord in the Congo, only for his life and of course Jane’s life to be put in serious danger when they arrive in Africa.
In an interview with USA Today, Skarsgard said: “It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast. This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.”
The second reason is that one of our favorite actors Beninese Djimoun Hounson plays Chief Mbonga, the warlord who controls a massive diamond mine and uses the superstitious fears of his people to his own ends, with the help of a sorcerer.
A third reason just for the heck of it! Samuel L Jackson is George Washington Williams, an ex-mercenary who allies with Tarzan to save the Congo from Chief Mbonga who controls the diamond mine.
Just so you know George Washington Williams did exist. He was the author of “History of the Negro Race in America.” He was a Civil War veteran, a lawyer, journalist, a politician, and the first African American to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. YES, he is a historical figure! Right before he died, he travelled to Congo when it was still ruled by Belgian King Leopold II. Shocked by the suffering the indigenous people underwent under Leopold’s rule; he wrote an open letter to him .
Yes I know again why do African actors often play evil roles in Hollywood! In this case it happens in Congo…
Alexander Skarsgård as the hero stars Christoph Waltz “Tarzan.” And Jane is played by Margot Robbie.
David Yates directs this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creation. He has also directed 4 of the Harry Potter saga.