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A teenage boy raised by gorillas in Africa falls for a pretty conservationist following a chance meeting in the jungle, but finds their romance threatened by a menacing Silverback, and a scheming capitalist in search of a new energy source in this animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale. John Greystoke, Jr. was just a toddler when he accompanied his adventurous mother and father on a journey into Africa in search of a mineral that could revolutionize the energy industry. That
May 9, 2014 Limited
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Proves that technical knowhow and a reliable old yarn will only get you so far when imagination is lacking.
All of this feels awfully simplistic, like a 10-minute cartoon sketch bloated into a full-length movie, and one that's backed by an over-explanatory voiceover that can sometimes sound awkward.
The latest reimagining of a classic text leaves one feeling like a character from Godot -- waiting on a barren stretch of road for something, or someone, to show up and alleviate the never-ending monotony.
The villains are cardboard cutouts, and the good guys aren't much better; wildlife advocate Jane (voiced by Spencer Locke) is a disappointingly passive character.
There is much to admire in "Tarzan," but no lingering emotional through-line to this particular telling.
Having trashed one icon in The Legend Of Hercules, Kellan Lutz shafts another with vocals admittedly well-suited to the muscle-bound mannequin.
While the motion-captured 3D CG has an uncanny photorealist quality, the wisdom of attempting to turn Tarzan into an Avatar-lite fantasy remains, at best, questionable.
The animation is efficient but bland. The characters have all the expressiveness of plastic dolls.
Do we really need another version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' most ripping yarn? Not on the basis of this Tarzan, a bland motion capture animated feature.
The characters' faces have the expressiveness of shop mannequins and the scenery looks as if it was created by a low-end PC.
While not of Disney/Pixar animation quality - especially in the appearance of the humans - this lively fantasy packs in enough tropical incident and vivid action to pass muster.
Why the German production team felt the need to spice up the story of a boy who grows up to become 'king of the jungle' with an even more improbable tale involving a meteorite and a lost world is frankly anybody's guess.
The 90th film based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this German-made animated romp adds little to the century-old canon besides some motion-capture action and an eco-friendly message.
Here's a muddled and dull new family film about Tarzan, who in keeping with tradition is as clean-shaven and all-over hairless as any male stripper.
Unfortunately, in these days of uniformly high-quality kids' fare this - with its lumbering voiceover and slack plotting - looks like it belongs on children's TV.
Whether or not the world needs another Tarzan of any kind, it's fairly clear that it didn't need this one.
A generic, superfluous offering. There's very little in here for the adults, but kids may learn a thing or two at he very least.
This is more-than-passable family entertainment that's mercifully free of Phil Collins.
Audience Reviews for Tarzan
- Tarzan: "Me strong. Me king of the jungle."
- Tarzan: "Me strong, me king of the jungle"
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