CINEMA. This new version of the king of the jungle adventures gives pride of place to digital effects, but also denounces the damage of colonialism.
O n watch first his hands. In “The Legend of Tarzan,” which today part in the assault of French screens, Alexander Skarsgard swells his knuckles like gorillas legs to move in the Congolese jungle. In civilian life, we would not want to take a slap in the Swedish giant, but the 39-year player is markedly more urban. Although …
There is something animal in this former model, already at work in the role of a vampire in “True Blood” series. And a distinguished side too: it is this rare combination that convinced David Yates (director of the last four “Harry Potter”) to bet on the sexiest Viking Hollywood to revive a franchise was thought to be out of breath .
His idea was not “redo” Tarzan, but a suite, located eight years after the return to England of the king of the jungle. When the film begins, Lord Greystoke (the name in the civil king of the jungle) lives in a frock coat in a foggy English manor, married to Lady Jane Porter. “The journey that Tarzan is the opposite of previous said Alexander Skarsgard, bulging biceps under his shirt with flowers. He lives like an English lord but basically he remains torn between his origins and his new life. Regaining Africa, it will also find its roots. “
Back in the jungle, Tarzan-Alexander throws his leather boots to make her friends cuddling lionesses. “I watched a lot of wildlife documentaries, and we went to see gorillas and lions to observe their behavior, says the actor. eight months we worked with a physical trainer to make the athletic side, but also animal, Tarzan. It is a kind of superhero without super powers, he draws strength from nature and his childhood with animals. “
The impressive chest of the hero are therefore not due to digital special effects, unlike animals of the film created entirely by computer, and the African savannah, reconstituted in studios in North London, with some actual footage shot in Gabon. No need special effects for the energetic Jane, played by the Australian Margot Robbie, 26, we see again this summer in another blockbuster, “Suicide Squad” (David Ayer). “The hardest part was learning Lingala dialect of the tribe where Jane grew up, remembers the young actress. It’s a modern woman character, character, that does not let them. “No more pictures of Epinal 1930s” This film shows the damage of colonialism in the late nineteenth th century, who claimed to civilize Africa but turned to genocide and destruction nature, “notes Alexander Skarsgard
No later evoked the moment. – the film made a mixed start to the US this weekend – but Tarzan and Jane would sign eyes closed. “Without the physical preparation …, Alexander smiled. In the next, Tarzan will be big. It was his son who will do all the work! “
A winning return ****
Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgard) has not set foot in the jungle for eight years when the King of Belgium offers him a mission in the Congo.
Accompanied by his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), and an emissary American (Samuel L. Jackson), Tarzan will regain his brothers fours but also confront its enemies, whose very nasty armed wing of the King (the inevitable Christoph Waltz).
Tarzan, really? We thought the exhausted vein, old-hat: the king of the jungle has already been fifty films (see above). But “The Legend of Tarzan” is not just another old monkey grin: this rather unusual scenario renews the usual imaging, although with some flashbacks to the childhood of the hero and his best jumps of liana to vine in the canopy. Even riddled with digital effects, this film effectively combines adventure Action, humor and emotion. And finally gives the starring role in Africa.
US Film Adventures of David Yates. With Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz …
the most famous Tarzan
Johnny Weissmuller, the champion
the five-time Olympic swimming champion is undoubtedly its most famous interpreter. After winding ponds in the 1920s, he turned to film and explore the jungle in 1932, in “Tarzan, the Ape Man” (pictured alongside Maureen O’Sullivan), directed by WS Van Dyke. This master will rule the forest in twelve films in total.
Christophe Lambert, the Frenchie
In 1984, when fate “Greystoke: The Legend Tarzan “(Hugh Hudson), Christopher Lambert is still unknown to the public. In this first role in English, he plays a John Clayton more romantic than Weissmuller in this adventure film with enchanting images.
Casper Van Dien, the least convincing
Revealed in 1997 with the film “Starship Troopers,” Casper Van Dien puts the year after the loincloth of the king of the jungle in “Tarzan and the lost City” of Carl Schenkel. The project seemed beautiful, one of the producers had already participated in “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan,” fourteen years ago. Despite this, this feature will be a failure, both public and critics.
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