There have been numerous incarnations of Edgar Rice Burrough’s popular character Tarzan. The latest entry aptly titled Tarzan, uses motion capture animation to deliver a new reimagined vision of the popular character with Twilight’s Kellan Lutz taking on the role. The trailers looked kind of cool, but does the film manages to live up to the trailer and legend of this iconic character or should it have stayed in the jungle?
Tarzan follows Tarzan and Jane Porter as they face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents, after they died in a plane crash. With any motion capture film there are often issues with the character designs. This film is no different in the beginning of the film with the human characters all looking a bit off for some reason. It was likely the lack of expression in their faces that made them more creepy than realistic. Thankfully it has a decent story going for it with the rest of the animation including the surroundings and other animals look great. Unlike a lot of animated versions they opted out of the talking animals to give it a more real life approach. The gorillas, while still looking a bit cartoony at times still look great and really seem to capture the mannerisms of them. Once we get out of the original story and into the world of Tarzan that we all know and love the story moves a bit slow with some necessary for the story to build and others that felt like it could have been trimmed out completely. Despite the dragging in the story at times there is some great fun action that looks really cool with this animation style. Some of the directions of the story feel a bit forced and initially looked as though they were going in a sci-fi direction, but thankfully they back it up and keep it to the traditional variation.
This is far from a perfect film, but unlike most straight to video animated films this one has the big scope and is visually appealing over all making for a decent entry into the characters mythos. If you are a fan of the iconic ape man, then give Tarzan a try when it hits Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on August 5th.