I knew from the first trailer I saw that this movie was going to test my believability skills. In the trailer it shows a bit where he charges a male gorilla and they collide in midair. Reality says, that man dies. Of course, that’s not how the movie is going to do it.
The entire film is full of events like that. Tarzan nuzzling a pride of lionesses because he knew them when they were cubs. He’s pretty much the animal whisperer of all jungle animals.
There are two approaches to making a movie, one is to keep it real and obey the rules of the world we all know. The second is to make up your own rules. Fantasy and science fiction movies do this. You clearly define the new rules and we accept them. But every so often there is a movie that tries to stay grounded in the real world and convince you that their fantasies are realistic. This is what “The Legend of Tarzan” tries to do. I couldn’t enjoy the movie because the entire time I was screaming—“That isn’t real! That couldn’t happen! He grew up with animals! He could never learn or understand human speech with the capability they are showing him! It’s biologically not possible. Those animals don’t act like that. Physics doesn’t work like that. That boat is barely tilted, why is that guy acting like he’s going to fall to his doom if Tarzan let’s go?” Oh the list goes on and on.
So yeah, this movie was a flop in my mind. If I just could have believed in the fantasy, it could have been a good movie. But something about how they did it just kept breaking the illusion.
Good effects, moderately entertaining and somewhat original plot, acting is meh. If you want an action movie, you’ll probably think it’s a bit slow in parts. I could see some people liking it, but really—it gets a recommend you skip—from me.