The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Theatrical Release: July 1, 2016
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)


Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Dove Review

“The Legend of Tarzan” is a very entertaining film featuring battles between gorillas and Tarzan, between tribesman and soldiers, and between Tarzan and the soldiers. Alexander Skarsgård makes a very fit (as in buff) and serious-minded Tarzan. He has to deal with a lot of grim situations, including the kidnapping of his beloved Jane, played by the beautiful Margot Robbie. The main villain, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), is promised three Opar diamonds if he is able to bring Tarzan to the chief of an African tribe. He wants to present the diamonds to King Leopold the Second, King of the Belgians, to help fund his depleted government. This act will put Rom in good standing with the king. The chief’s son had killed the female gorilla that raised Tarzan and had become a substitute mother to him when his real mother, Alice, died. Tarzan had, in return, killed the chief’s son, so the chief wants him very badly. He is thirsty for revenge. Rom is the kind of man who will do anything to get what he wants. Waltz portrays a menacing, slow-boiling enemy in his characterization of Rom.

The film features the back-story of Tarzan’s origins and a lot of beautiful scenery. It has a lot of action, too, with Tarzan swinging on the vines of the jungle, running, and fighting a big gorilla that used to be his friend but became upset when Tarzan left for a while to go to civilization and become educated. He claimed his right as heir to his father, Lord Greystoke. In Africa, Tarzan was believed, at first, to be an evil spirit or “ghost in the trees,” but he now is accepted as a legend — Tarzan of the Apes. In fact, the gorillas come to help him when there is an urgent need.

Tarzan goes to Africa to settle things regarding his people, and Jane insists on going with him, which leads to her being kidnapped and Tarzan’s pursuit of the villains to reclaim her. Regrettably, strong language and violence prevent us from awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A couple kisses in a few scenes; when Tarzan first sees Jane, he sniffs her, up and down her body.
Language: Chr*st Almighty-1; G/OMG-2; H-2; A-1; S-1; Bas*ards-1; Bas*ard Orphan-1; D-2; Portly Coward-1; Monkey Boy-1
Violence: A lot of violence, including a man's ear shot off (on screen); several fights, including a man against a gorilla, and man is bitten and blood is on his back; several people are shot with rifles and killed, and bodies are shown on the ground and in the water; man takes on several soldiers, knocking them out, punching them, and slamming one soldier's head into a bar, also knocking him unconscious; stabbing with swords and slicing noises of flesh are audible; several gorillas attack man; man is bound with rope; a knife is held to man's throat; a necklace is used to choke a man; crocodiles loosed on man; a man is crushed in a stampede; man hit with a rifle; the explosion of a ship; a man is shot in the arm and blood is visible; a man in a cage is dropped into the water, but he escapes.
Drugs: The drinking of wine in a few scenes, and some natives give a man strong alcohol to drink.
Nudity: Shirtless men in several scenes; mild cleavage; woman's bare shoulders are visible.
Other: Death and grief; man drinks yolk from eggs, as gorillas do; a woman spits in a man's face; a man spits; slavery.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Adam Cozad, Craig Brewer, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Director: David Yates
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter