The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

David Yates turns an age old story into an interesting film with gripping drama and action. Not self indulgent at any point, it engages by weaving in the truth with natural aesthetics.

Alexander Skarsgard is perfect as Tarzan. Tall and lean with strong shoulders, he doesn’t appear like a ‘steroid’ body. He moves with the agility and grace of an animal and has the same intensity in his eyes, as his fellows in the jungle. His poise, gait and quiet confidence make him a delight to watch.

Equally matched in every way is Jane, played by Margot Robbie. Not a damsel in distress and well versed with the natural world, she is at home with the tribe and it’s beautiful traditions. A survivor and believer, she faces many odds.

Samuel L. Jackson represents the ally in America, but also a history of the oppressed. He sticks by his friends’ side and lightens the mood for all of us while doing so. Christoph Waltz is once again a merciless and ambitious character, who represents the villain of exploitation and slavery.

A social commentary at its deepest level, with sweeping cinematography and some eloquent visuals, this film was a treat.

3.5/5

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Paddington (2014)

Created using computer generated imagery and animatronics, we have a very realistic bear family who have a learning episode from an English explorer. What ensues is a young bear coming to London in the hopes of finding a home.

Director Paul King has assembled a great English cast with Nicole Kidman playing a svelte villain. Shot in real life depicting sets as if they were animated, it creates a warm feeling where we wonder if our worlds could be magical too.

A children’s film, it has been described as a comedy. It is actually a far more simplistic fare for younger kids who can appreciate the situation and humour. Animated films are increasingly more deep and dark these days but this one has stuck to safe, neutral ground.

A marmalade watch.

3/5