Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Reviews
reystoke - The Legend of Tarzan is a big, ambitious film which obviously aims at being the ultimate Tarzan movie and succeeds. The film expands on one episode in the original books: Tarzan, who is actually the lost son of an British earl, goes back to his ancestral home in Scotland, where he is in theory at least now the heir to the earldom. Set around the turn of the 19/20th centuries, the film falls into two parts, the first showing Tarzan growing up in the African bush, and the second dealing with his attempts to become civilized in Scotland. In the first part, the cinematography of the African landscape is spectacular, and the special effects depicting primates and other wildlife remarkably well done. In the second part, the atmosphere of Edwardian upper-class life is richly recreated, and the portrayal of Tarzan's struggle to become civilized convincingly done. The highlight of the film is Sir Ralph Richardson, who steals the show as the old Earl (Tarzan's grandfather,) and whose last film this was. Though the film is perhaps a little too long and drags in parts towards the end, it's still consistently entertaining and worth seeing.
Advisories: one mild sex scene, a few gory shots of animals being eaten raw in the jungle and dissected in London.
Recommendation: if you are a fan of the Tarzan books or films, or seriously interested in the Tarzan theme in popular culture, give this five stars as something you must see. For the rest of us, a four star entertaining movie.
I like how the part of the jungle where Tarzan lives with the apes isn't colorful and all majestic like it would be in a Disney-esque movie. It's actually kind of dreary. Very ahead of its time in that aspect. Tarzan's home is shaded, there's shelter in the trees and a waterfall to drink from. It's a practical location instead of a beautiful one. They used their brains to make this movie and not just their eyes. There's a lot of violence, but that's the kind of movie it wants to be and I'm okay with that. You can't have an authentic jungle survival movie without something bad happening. Tarzan himself is great. Christopher Lambert was born to play this role. When he leaves the jungle the movie becomes a little less interesting, but it has a satisfying ending.
Mainly because of the lavish locations used to shoot the film. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes features some of the finest looking locations possible to have such a story filmed on, which makes it visually appealing.
Plus the way the apes interact with cast members is impeccable and makes this jungle tale a strongly
Also, the musical score in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is truly magnificent, strongly atmospheric and very powerful when it needs to be, able to alternate between atmospheres when deemed appropriate as part of the story. Its truly powerful and makes its story stronger.
And when it comes to acting, Christopher Lambert captures the role of Tarzan well completely through his physicality, particularly his aggressive hypnotic gaze which is what makes him good for the role of a warrior such as The Lord of The Apes. As his character develops, so does Christopher Lambert, and so Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes features one of his best performances.
Ralph Richardson also gave a strong supporting performance and really gave a good name to the film.
But Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes becomes held down by its slow pacing and extraneous length. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes moves at a pace that is so slow that maintaining strong interest is a challenge for it, even with its fascinating story.
Since there is little dialogue for much of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, the atmosphere is reliant upon storytelling through visuals, but the repetitive and slow dynamics become dull as they are stretched over such a long time. That's the only real downfall of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, but its an effective one as it makes the film overall half boring.
So while Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is half good, its half boring. By today's standards, it's a half decent film.