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A fun enough Tarzan adventure
on 25 September 2015
Firstly, if you don't appreciate the classic stories being re-worked, then you probably won't care for this movie at all, as it bares very little resemblance to the 'Tarzan' tales by Edgar Rice Burroughs. If you know nothing about the real Tarzan, then you might possibly like it. I'd say this was okay for the children, it has a novelty of being set in modern times, but for me, a 23 year old, it isn't something that I'd choose to watch again, Disney it most certainly isn't!
Tarzan is American here, and apparently came up with the name himself after playing with a doll. Following a helicopter crash, his parents are killed, but the young boy survives. A kindly gorilla discovers him and takes the kid in as one of her own. Time passes, and Tarzan becomes ruler of the gorillas. From there, he sets eyes on the beautiful Jane, falls in love, faces dangerous challenges, and now must now save her from danger, as well as his home.
I thought that the movie's 3D animation was pretty good, Tarzan's world looked great, as did most of the animals, and the waterfall effects were lovely. The fairly straight-forward storyline though, was pretty mediocre, and as nothing about it really grabbed me, I was left feeling that it had been quite dull. Some reviewers on Amazon have commented about the 'annoying narration', but I didn't mind it, and think it helped the story go on. Although bits were possibly slightly overdone, I had no problems with that.
I did say that this film would probably appeal to children, and although I do believe that, there is a little animal death which may upset the very young ones, you may wish to view those bits first.
A fun enough to pass away 90 minutes, there are some funny bits which made me smile throughout, but this film is by no means a memorable entry in the 'Tarzan' franchise.
The DVD contains some decent special features, including a 'Making Off', a behind the scenes featurette with voice actors Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke, and an 'Animal Shoot'.