How do you justify to a story whose foundations are the white man superiority in a remake 100 years after it was written? Director David Yates solution is that clearer than ever before to attack colonialism. His “The Legend of Tarzan” takes place just before King Leopold II was forced to hand over Congo Free State to Belgium in 1908 (in 1960 the country became independent). Tarzan himself (Alexander Skarsgard), together with Jane (Margot Robbie), retreated to the goods in the UK. There, he is confronted by George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson), who suspects that the Belgian king is not the philanthropist he pretends to be and capable of Lord Greystoke to re-let the chest muscles free play in Congo’s jungles.
then försnacket primarily been about the above torso will be initially positively surprised by the reality-based framework. But about the same time Skarsgård, the extremely low-cut chinos, starts swinging on lianas regress film into a stereotypical tale where African actors silently lined up in the background, while Samuel L. Jackson, the black alibi in his role as the funny sidekick. Perhaps one should in this context also mention that Jane is still the story one woman with replicas.
1918 , six years after Edgar Rice Burroughs hero first saw the light of day, Tarzan became silent film with a monty pythonsk Elmo Lincoln in the lead role. But it is the former elite swimmer Johnny Weissmullers design in twelve films in the 1930s and 40s, which has become synonymous with the king of the apes. Alexander Skarsgard is according to Wikipedia the nineteenth Tarzan in order and best when he can pick up his melancholy human side. But unlike many of the pioneering films, not least the 1984 “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, King of the Apes” with Christopher Lambert in the lead role, this is no Cinderella story where you get to follow the savage transformation into an aristocrat. He moves already tall through the fine salons and the only one that reveals his animal background are some small apläten, as well as his penchant for raw eggs. Neither Tarzan or Jane, however, really happy until they do not have the big city stress and can focus on the mating rituals of her African hut. But tell the happiness that lasts forever, how good is Tarzan than to excite his wife with different siren calls of the jungle. The pair’s return leads to their Congolese village is attacked and both Jane and the tribe’s strongest men captured by the Belgians.
Now follows a adventure in true Indiana Jones spirit, which Skarsgård trimmed hero not fear nothing in pursuit of his beloved. The clearest is that when he was in a slow motion scene challenging his old gorillaflocks leader, not just once, but twice. But then Tarzan also throughout history fought both lions dinosaurs and giant sea unicorns.
In the best of worlds, one could argue that “The Legend of Tarzan” trying to teach the audience about our colonial heritage. Both George Washington Williams, and King Leopold’s envoys Léon Rome (Christoph Waltz), the real model. But the history lesson is a cheat building – not even Tarzan could prevent Congo’s population was halved under King Leopold’s reign of terror. But on the silver screen dies just as many white as black. And the slaves freed. And the Belgians traveling home. End good, everything good.