Movies Open Forum: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN written by Robert Reineke June 30, 2016 The newest incarnation of Tarzan opens tonight, with critics coming in negatively and just about everyone predicting a bust at the box office. After JOHN CARTER and THE LONE RANGER failing to justify their budgets at the box office, it’s certainly an open question as to who in their right mind thought spending $180 million on a Tarzan movie in this day and age was a good idea. That said, almost every movie deserves a fair shake from viewers. I find it hard to believe that a movie with Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, and Jim Broadbent in front of the camera and David Yates behind the camera and based on a rich source material doesn’t have at least some moments of interest. I’m certainly curious to hear about what works and what doesn’t from those that give it a go. I’d like to think that this might be the end of trying to force a franchise just because there’s a name that people have heard of in the title, but I’m not that naive. Still, is it the age of the source material that’s an issue with little in the way of modern stories? Is it a societal change that won’t let a Tarzan movie be made without massive changes to modern cultural values? Is it perceived familiarity with various versions of the character that has the audience convinced that there is nothing new to see here? Or is it just that there’s no real strong take on the character for modern audiences to latch on to? Considering that Tarzan isn’t that much older than many of the superheroes that appear on the screen, perhaps there’s an interesting question to probe as to why one remains relevant and the other doesn’t. So, share your thoughts and opinions below and maybe we can have an interesting conversation. Open Forum: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN was last modified: June 30th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Open ForumThe Legend of Tarzan 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post THE BFG Review next post THOR: RAGNAROK Begins Production With A Middle-Earth Designer And AGENT CARTER Writer You may also like Film Review: GRAVITY October 3, 2013 HERCULES Trailer Unleashed! March 25, 2014 Open Forum: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT... June 3, 2016 Moving Forward, No News Is Good News... March 3, 2017 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Makes a First... June 26, 2014 Open Forum: EX MACHINA April 10, 2015 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comes Out Firing... July 27, 2014 TERMINATOR: GENISYS and the Case of the... April 13, 2015 The Fear of Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood:... April 7, 2015 David Goyer + Joseph Gordon-Levitt = SANDMAN? December 17, 2013 Oreole When it’s all said and done, the Disney Tarzan will still be the best Tarzan movie. Captures the pulpy spirit of the Burroughs movie perfectly while still being perfectly palpable for mass audiences who never flipped through a page of the original books. Greystoke comes as a close second for me. I have not seen the new movie yet but from what I’ve seen so far it looks like another lackluster and uninspired cash-in flick. No thanks. It’s a real shame it’s inevitably going to bomb considering its gargantuan 160 million budget. Deadpool has shown you can have a hundred million dollar opening with a modest 50-something million dollar budget. A hundred million dollars is just too big a budget for a Tarzan movie. Warners is going to lose a lot of money on it. Despite Warner’s dismal track record with old pulp properties I’m still over the moon about that Andy Serkis Jungle Book movie. Since I know Warner’s will make something closer in tone to the darker, more adult Rudyard Kipling original than the sanitized family-friendly Disney version. Tommy O I saw an early screening of this the other and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed. It’s not a perfect movie but it was a lot of fun with some great action, amazing visuals, and an interesting and straightforward story that some real emotional heft to it. I’m disappointed it’s getting negative reviews and may end up being a bust. Robert Reineke Looks like THE LEGEND OF TARZAN isn’t going to be a total writeoff for WB with a weekend in the neighborhood of $40 million and an A- Cinemascore. THE BFG probably would have been better off opening up farther away from FINDING DORY which is just a steamroller. Robert Reineke The way THE LEGEND OF TARZAN kept upping the weekend estimate speaks to the idea that word of mouth really does matter. It’s definitely outperformed the critics with the audience.