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The Legend of Tarzan review: Aping legend's glory days

By Damon Smith

It has been many years since Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) left the jungles of Africa to settle into gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie).

The lush paradise of the Congo is a distant memory until the British Prime Minister (Jim Broadbent) passes on an invitation from King Leopold II of Belgium to visit the Congo as a trade emissary of Parliament. John initially refuses, but gun-slinging American envoy George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) persuades the Greystoke heir to go in order to investigate rumours that Leopold has enslaved local tribes.

John, Jane and George depart for the Congo, unaware that they are pawns in a deadly game masterminded by Machiavellian Belgian envoy, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who has agreed to deliver Tarzan to Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) in exchange for the legendary diamonds of Opar. A stand-off ensues and Jane is captured as tantalising bait. Faced with the prospect of losing his soulmate, John gathers together his animal friends and unleashes the primal warrior of the past.

Three stars

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