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The Legend of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz was indeed very entertaining and full of action, however there were some interesting plots mixed in with the overall theme to me.
The African Congo was split between Belgium and the United Kingdom with Belgium facing bankruptcy thanks to King Leopold II, Leon Rom ( played by Christoph Waltz) goes to secure an army. With the help of Chief Mbonga (Djimoun Hounsou) in exchange for opar, and Tarzan. The chief and Tarzan have a painful history and the chief wants Tarzan dead.
Of course, Jane is captured by Rom and the hunt begins.
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George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) plays an American seeking proof of the African slave trade by King Leopold to pay off his debt, and wants Tarzan to help.
They find more than enough evidence, and end up freeing most that are imprisoned.
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When you think of Tarzan you think….wild man, apes, muscles, survivor, animal lover, loin cloth, guy who grunts a lot……I’ve never thought of him as an abolitionist even if it was for only short time. But on the other hand, why wouldn’t Tarzan care about the slave trading of Africans? It was a tad bit weird.
My skepticism of the overall plot/theme of the slave trading is this: Tarzan grew up bonding with the tribes as well as the animals ,so why is Samuel L. Jackson’s character (George Washington Williams) bringing up the enslavement and actually wanting to do something about it, but Tarzan gets all the credit?
On a positive note, I liked that Jane, portrayed by Margot Robbie did not fall on the regular damsel in distress annoying mode. Also it was a very well written script, I like the conversations between Tarzan and George, and as always Samuel L. Jackson’s facial expressions never disappoint.
Tarzan made 45.6 million box office in North America alone as of July 1.