The Legend of Tarzan begins in London, John Clayton/Tarzan living a happy, peaceful life with his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), the wildness of the jungle well and truly behind him. They've settled down, despite having somewhat of a celebrity status throughout the city. But John is approached by a Civil War soldier, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson), to help guide him through the jungle he once called home to investigate claims of slavery. While this investigation is going down, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) is on the hunt for Tarzan, hoping that his efforts are to be rewarded with diamonds.
But the thing is, this film isn't meant to be about the flashbacks. That isn't the focus. This is a new story, and does this new story work? For the most part, yes. It's a little bit slow to begin with, but once it gets rolling, I was enthralled. Exciting and action packed, it's a story that's slightly predictable, but a lot of fun. It may be dark and gritty, but there's still plenty of joy and emotion, mixed together with some well placed humour that just puts the overall cherry on top.
Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan isn't quite as impressive, though. I liked him in the role and he does a very good job, and there's no doubt that he physically looks like the part, but he wasn't super interesting. Maybe it's the way he's character is written, or maybe he needed to express an emotion other than brooding, but no matter what the reason is, I didn't feel nearly as invested in him as a character than I did the others, and that's rather disappointing seeings as how he's the title character. Don't get me wrong, he is still good, but I wanted him to be just a tad more interesting.
To sum up, The Legend of Tarzan is a dark and realistic new adventure in Tarzan's story, and as it turns out, it's a story worth telling. With some fantastic performances from its a-list cast and some rather brilliant visuals (and some not so brilliant ones), The Legend of Tarzan is a fun adventure.