Harry Potter director David Yates is back after a gap of 5 years with his reimagining of The Legend of Tarzan. The first trailer was just released by Warner Bros. and it is suitably epic and grand.
Alexander Skarsgard stars as Tarzan and Margot Robbie as his beloved Jane (2016 is going to be a big year for her with this and Suicide Squad). This new take finds Tarzan living a civilized life having left the jungle behind until he is asked to return as an emissary. But the whole thing is a sham, orchestrated by Christoph Waltz’s evil (sigh) Leon Rom.
Watch the trailer here
There are two ways to react to this trailer, both equally acceptable. The cynical response would be to dismiss this as just another would be franchise starter with an overly gritty tone thanks to the post Dark Knight world we live in. The more optimistic one, the one that we’re going to take incidentally, would take this as the old-fashioned sweeping adventure that it clearly is.
There’s no denying the fact that it looks great. The action is large-scale and the world fully realised. The CGI landscape, spotty at times is generally quite stunning and the cast Yates has assembled is fantastic. Some extra jokes wouldn’t have been such a bad idea but who knows, maybe the movie has some.
This is also surprisingly similar to the Jungle Book trailer we got a few weeks ago. But somehow, the grim tone suits Tarzan more than Mowgli and his pink undies.
There have been rumours of a troubled production and extensive reshoots. The film completed shooting more than a year ago and the very first look we got was only yesterday. The bad taste of Jupiter Ascending and Pan must surely be lingering in Warner Bros. mouth. They would not want a repeat of that fiasco with this $180 million tentpole.
But Yates has the benefit of the doubt, and not just because he has wanted to tell this story for the longest time, but because this genuinely looks like a fun movie. And after all, at one point it was said that he was Warner Bros. number to go-to director after Chris Nolan.
Joining Skarsgard, Robbie and Waltz are Samuel L Jackson, John Hurt and Djimon Hounsou. The Legend of Tarzan will be released on July 1, 2016. Fingers crossed.
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