I must say, David Yates has made an exceptional attempt to give the story of Tarzan a complete makeover. He has reinvented the classic character; from a person who couldn’t communicate properly with humans to a sophisticated human being who is quite opinionated. However, the story of Tarzan is so ingrained in our minds that it is difficult to believe this new version. In ‘The Legend of Tarzan’, Tarzan leads a normal life in London with his wife Jane. The film is inspired by history and some real life events as well.
The film reveals that the Congo Forest is ruled by the Belgian King Leopold II. He is on the verge of bankruptcy and so he hands over the reins of the region to Leon Rom instead. Captain Leon is greedy for diamonds and he makes a deal with tribal Chieftain Mbongo, who is eager to avenge Tarzan for the death of his son.
Tarzan is soon invited as a trade emissary. He does not wish to go there; however, an American visitor called Williams convinces him to accept the invitation. Apparently, Williams is investigating the slave trade in the Belgian-held Congo region of 1890 Africa. So as you can see, the setting is completely different. It is something that we can never imagine; this is why many people are having it hard to digest this story line. Jane accompanies Tarzan on his trip; however, Leon captures Jane. He hopes that Tarzan will surrender himself because of her. The story essentially revolves around Tarzan trying to find and save Jane.
So eventually, Yates does make Tarzan return home, but in a different circumstance. What is interesting to note, is his relationship with both Jane and his family of apes; his back story, the enthralling visuals, and the brilliant performance of each character.
Parents can introduce their teenage children to this new version of Tarzan. The movie’s running time is about an hour and 50 minutes.