At first glance, this movie had a lot going for it. It's muscular lead actor looked to be the perfect Tarzan. Yet, Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) plays a sympathetic and wimpy Tarzan. He makes the audience feel sad for his situation, but never brings the strong character to life. The rest of the cast is well-rounded, bringing Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Focus) onto the big-screen once again this past year. She did not quite fit my vision of Jane, but maybe it is because she doesn't usually play a damsel in distress. Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds, Spectre) add their usual type-cast characters into the midst of the action. Jackson plays an outspoken sidekick and Waltz plays his typical mysterious villain.
The timeline of the film brings a new take on Tarzan to the big screen. Still, the storyline creates a boring view of the man raised by apes. Honestly, I like the origin of Tarzan and would rather see that as a live-action film than this later timeline. The new story feels like every other action movie, putting a hero and sidekick together to go against a villain who has kidnapped Tarzan's love. American audiences no longer need the damsel in distress story. The writers seem to have gotten lost in their own writings by attempting to create an original story.
The Bottom Line: The action is neat, but the storyline and script feel wholly unoriginal.