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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Reviews

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October 25, 2017
One of the Freakiest Love Scenes EVER!!!! The Story behind Tarzan is Great
April 18, 2017
Interesting take on the story. Lambert is fantastic in the role, I totally but him as a man raised by apes. The culture clash when he gets back to civilization is the most entertaining stuff. Great score too.
½ February 27, 2017
Better movie than i thought it would be. Worth watching
December 15, 2016
Flawed, but it has always been my favorite version that is more true to the character.
½ September 29, 2016
More intelligent and interesting than I imagine any Tarzan movie can be, but it struggles with dated effects and glacial pacing. Superb acting though.
½ September 7, 2016
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is a decent film. It is about a shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell give give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Hugh Hudson did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the adventure and drama.
August 8, 2016
The ultimate Tarzan movie

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.
August 22, 2015
I absolutely loved this film,it's not perfect but it's the closest I've seen to the Tarzan I imagined as a kid.
½ April 20, 2015
The scenes in the jungle are fantastic. I had no idea the movie was going to strive for such realism. At times you have to make a little effect to keep the magic alive, but if you can accept everything you see it's a rewarding experience.

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.
½ March 23, 2015
The first half of this movie follows the story in the original Tarzan of The Apes book. It's not exactly like the book but very close. The second half doesn't follow the book at all. The book has more action where Tarzan rescues Jane from dangerous situations. This movie doesn't have Jane in danger at all. When Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the book very little was known about the apes in Africa. For the book he invented a species of ape that doesn't exist in the real world. In the book the apes were semi-intelligent and had an ape language that the young Tarzan learned to speak. In the movie they're closer to real apes but still are not gorillas and not chimpanzees but something in between. In the book Jane is an American who comes to the jungle with a group of explorers. In the movie the explorers are all killed by the African natives except for one Frenchman who is saved by Tarzan. He teaches Tarzan to speak and takes him back to England to the home of the Earl of Greystoke where he meets Jane who is the American ward of the Earl of Greystoke. The apes in the movie are people in ape costumes. This is one of the many movies where Rick Baker did the ape makeup and costumes. I saw this movie the first time in Seattle, Washington at the Lewis and Clark theaters.
December 7, 2014
A Different Take On A Very Familiar Story. It's A Quite Dark Variation On The Disney-Fied Version, More An Adult Fiction, Challenging The Social Order Between Ape & Man.
November 8, 2014
I liked. I thought it was an interesting and reasonable telling of the story.
½ July 4, 2014
Another Tarzan movie... But it wasn't that bad ! Christopher Lambert is a really great Tarzan!!
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½ June 15, 2014
We all know the background to Tarzan. I liked the visual aspects of the movie (great apes), but didn't like the Scottish noble life as much.
May 29, 2014
The Highlander in the African jungle with some plastic Gorillas swinging through the trees before taking a holiday in London.
January 12, 2014
Tedious at times, interesting at others, yet so poorly handled the film never gets going.
December 31, 2013
1981's Raiders Of The Lost Ark Is My Third Favorite Film And 1933's King Kong Is My Ninth Favorite Film.
½ October 2, 2013
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes holds the achievement of being a wonderfully created film that stands as a magnificent technical achievement for its time.
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.
September 17, 2013
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