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The Legend of Tarzan: An entertaining rumble in jungle

By Damon Smith

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

Then British Prime Minister (Jim Broadbent) hands him an invitation from King Leopold II of Belgium to visit the Congo as a trade emissary of Parliament.

Gun-slinging American envoy George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) persuades Tarzan to go to investigate rumours that Leopold has enslaved local tribes to build his railroad.

The Legend Of Tarzan is an entertaining, rumbustious romp that captures Edgar Rice Burroughs' source text with gusto.

Skarsgard and Robbie are an attractive pairing, the latter imbuing her heroine with steeliness and resolve. Director David Yates orchestrates vine-swinging action with aplomb, with a menagerie of CGI animals. Digital might beats its chest in every lush frame, including a bone-crunching fight between Tarzan and one of his ape brethren.

Three stars

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