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The Legend of Tarzan -Tango’s First Impressions

When it was first announced that we would get another Tarzan adaptation for the big screen, I felt a surge of mixed emotion. On the one hand, I would’ve loved nothing more than to see a great Tarzan movie but on the other, the history of Tarzan movies have shown us that that is not an easy feat to accomplish. Later on, it was announced that Lord John Clayton the 3rd, Tarzan, would be played by Alexander Skarsgård and those earlier mixed emotions turned to a slightly more negative scale. Now, having seen the movie, there are no more mixed emotions. Let’s take a look at what Tango thinks about  a few things surrounding David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan.

Tarzan Poster.jpgThe first thing I’m gonna have to talk about here is the Tarzan we get in the film. When we first meet him, he’s living with his wife Jane in London under the name John Clayton the 3rd, as he would have had his family not been shipwrecked in the Congo when he was a baby, and he has seemingly left “Tarzan” behind but due to a collaboration between old foe and new, he heads back to Africa, with wife Jane and George Washington Williams, played by Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson respectively. As the story progresses, we see the now civilized John Clayton slowly revert back to his old self, peeling off layer after layer until there’s only Tarzan left. This was a very fun take on the character to watch, and I have to say,Skarsgård did a great job. Any and all doubts I might have had was flushed away, because not only did Skarsgård bring a “Tarzan of the apes”-worthy physique, but he brought a depth to the character that I was not expecting. Truly a happy surprise. Kudos on this particular casting. This performance shows many a good thing in Alexander Skarsgård’s future.

As for Margot Robbie’s Jane Porter, yeah, that too was a great casting choice. I admit, I haven’t read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ in a long, long time so the only real reference points I have here is the Disney movie we got in 1999, but I loved that portrayal of Jane and Robbie’s iteration felt very similar. She may not have been the most integral part of the story, but she also was (you’ll know what I mean when you see the film) and the way Robbie brought her to life was great.
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Now, I’m not a historian but I do have some bits and pieces of knowledge spread out across the board so it was pretty fun to see Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of George Washington Williams, a fictionalized adaptation of  the real life American Civil War soldier George Washington Williams. It was a fun way to bind together history with fiction an Williams’travels to the Congo served as a major plot point in the film, and Jackson did what he always does. He delivered, plain and simple.

As for the plot of the film, well… it brings nothing new to the table as the film gives us a mixture of very familiar plot points; the return of the prodigal son, the chosen one, the damsel in distress, political mischief, slavery, revenge and so on, but they all blend together perfectly, making them all together feel somewhat unique and in combination with the great cast, spectacular visuals and a fantastic score, I’m gonna have to go ahead and give this film the ‘Tango’s Stamp of Approval with honors. It wasn’t the greatest film I have ever seen but I enjoyed the hell out of it and I can’t wait until I’m able to see it again.

Now, you might have noticed that I didn’t mention anything about Christoph Waltz’ Leon Rom, or Djimon Hounsou’s Chief Mbonga. Why? Let’s just say I’m saving that for a later date.

Also, as I’ve been employed with a real job like a real grown-up, Tango’s Thoughts have had to suffer some negligence, as my Summer of 93 event has been postponed indefinitely and my reviews have been too far apart, but I’m working on my comeback along with a new layout of how I do things, so there is good things ahead on the site, I promise you that. But alas, I have no more time today, so I’m gonna leave you with this first impression of The Legend of Tarzan here and go work like a real life boy.

Take care.

 

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#Kingsman – A Tango’s Thoughts quick-review

Well, after a lot of word from a lot of acquaintances, I finally saw it. The “spy-movie that changed the spy-movies forever” or something to that effect. So here you go, some of my thoughts on Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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The action-centric spy innovation written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn (who also directed) was without a doubt a fun film to watch. I had no idea it was an adaptation until I read about it after seeing it but during the watch, it did give me somewhat of a comic book-feel, which I see as a good thing when it comes to adaptations. So far so good, I’d say. However, I have to say this…… Colin Firth? In an action movie of this intensity? Not in a million years would I have seen him doing this type of role. He was actually the main thing that kept me from watching it. Sure, he did a good job in The King’s Speech and a decent job in Love Actually, but ‘cmon? Colin Firth in an action movie? I just didn’t see it. Next time, though, I’ll think differently, ’cause that man has proven his worth ten times over!

As for the movie itself… as I said, I had no idea that it was an adaptation so I have no idea of how close it stands to its source material so my commenting that would be just as graceful as me dipping my nuts in hot fudge. It just wouldn’t serve any purpose what so ever. I will say this about the film though, it was interesting. Where it strays from other “regular” spy movies, it still had that sense of elegance to it that feels required. It also had great action and a good deal of humor to complete an ensemble of traits that makes this film a good to semi-great movie experience. It’s far from the greatest movies I’ve seen but it is even further away from the worst and it most definitely gets the Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’.

And yes, I know I didn’t say anything about Jackson’s Valentine or Egerton’s ‘Eggsy’ or even Hanna Ahlström’s princess-buttsex scene in the end, but this is a quick-review, not enough time to go through all my thoughts right now, but there may be enough to talk about in this film to give it a spot in the ever so delayed webisodes down the line. Will it make the cut? I don’t know, you just have to follow me and find out, but until then…


Stephen King’s 1408

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1408 BannerOkay, so I watched 1408 the other day, and just as I wrote in a quick-note, I had to watch it again ’cause it was just to much for my mind to comprehend at the time. Now, I gathered myself a bit and I watched it a second time. So what can be said about the movie? A whole lot, actually, but I am only going to give you some quick thoughts on it (for now)… starting off of course, with the ratings. As it is currently standing at a solid 6.6 on Meta and 6.7 on IMDB, I have to agree with those scores. The movie was far from bad but at the same time it was far from great, so I would give it a score of 6 or 7 myself. The writers (Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski) did a great job of adapting Stephen King’s short-story to a screenplay and the director (Mikael Håfström) did just as good a job with the final script.

And on to the movie itself… and since it now have a few years behind it, I’m guessing most of you have already seen it, so the premise is well known at this point. The occult-author Mike Enslin (John Cusack) who travels from one (supposed) haunted hotel to another. He checks in to room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in New York city and for the first time in his career, he gets to be a part of something extraordinarily supernatural. All kinds’a crazy shit happens, with ghosts of previous tenants committing suicide, the ocean erupts out of a painting, the room freezes over, among other things….

Cusack madThe first act of the film is pretty slow and boring, using what it has to build up a suspenseful atmosphere around the main character (Enslin) and Gerald Olin, the hotel manager (Sam. Jackson), but about 35-40 minutes in, stuff starts to happen… and when it does, it all comes at you Fast. You barely have time to blink and something else have happened. This makes the movie feel a little messy but somehow, it still works. And it’s safe to say that the movie 1408 is all about John Cusack. This is his show and I am having a hard time coming up with another actor who could have given this character justice. Hat’s off to Mr. Cusack’s performance in this one! They could have left everything before he goes in to the room And everything else around it, and it would’ve still been as good, thanks to him!

Anyway, I have to leave it at that (for now), since I have 2 more reviews to do tonight if I am to get back on track with the Horror-a-thon, so… if you by any far off chance haven’t seen 1408 yet, I strongly recommend you to do so, even if it’s just a Good movie. So until later on…… believe in ghosts, I do and it’s awesome when shit starts hitting the fan!