Epic Letdown???

Still on the nostalgia train (see post Re: Feeling Nostalgic), I recently bumped into another favourite kiddy programme growing up, a Naija one this time, “Tales By Moonlight”. It was a beautiful one from the good ole days. I didn’t even know it had been rebooted. But after watching… I was like OMG! And not in a good way. The tales revolved around witches, begging some old woman in a river for a child and something about not being desperate. That was the morale of the story according to the lady telling it to a bunch of six year olds listening to her.

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And all that’s been running through my mind since, is if this is the type of values we want our children to imbibe (the same home video crap). Little wonder our children appear somewhat duller than and not as enlightened as their counterparts from the developed world. While I have my issues with Hollywood like homosexuality, violence and moral decadence, but I still have to hand it to them for teaching selflessness and sacrifice for people and country through their films. Just check out all their movies/series, especially the super hero variety, someone’s always giving his/her life for a loved one or country, whereas in Naija our movies teach that all old women are witches, cats and black birds are witches and someone is always out to get you. So beware! Not trying to run down our programming, just of the opinion that we’ll do better teaching the future generation some values like:

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Anyway, still on the train, our weekend movie is the epic tale about the boy that got lost in the jungle and grew up with a bunch of gorillas. If you say Tarzan, then you’re correct. The film got a reboot and is titled The Legend of Tarzan, a 2016 American action adventure film based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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The film is directed by David Yates and written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, and the film stars Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan, with Samuel L. JacksonMargot RobbieDjimon HounsouJim Broadbent and Christoph Waltz in supporting roles. In the reboot, Tarzan is now domesticated and living with his beloved Jane (now Mrs Tarzan) in London, but is tricked back to Africa by some scheming villain.

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Reports say to get in Tarzan shape, Skarsgård spent four months in a training regimen before principal photography started and gained 24 pounds. He also worked with award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor. Highly necessarily, if you ask me. Nothing but the best abs for Tarzan *tongue in cheek*

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In the United States and Canada, The Legend of Tarzan opened alongside The BFG and The Purge: Election Year and was projected to gross to $25–33 million in its opening weekend. The film grossed $14 million on its opening day, and on its opening weekend, buoyed by positive word of mouth, it grossed a better-than-expected $38.5 million, finishing second place at the box office behind Finding Dory, but first among new releases.

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As of July 26, 2016, The Legend of Tarzan has grossed $118 million in North America and $146.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $264.3 million against its budget $180 million.  Variety deemed, that in order for the film to break even, it will have to earn at least $400 million at the box office.

The film received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 36%, based on 189 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Legend of Tarzan has more on its mind than many movies starring the classic character, but that isn’t enough to make up for its generic plot or sluggish pace.” On Metacritic the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.  On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale.

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Manohla Dargis of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, stating “What makes it more enjoyable than a lot of recycled stories of this type is that the filmmakers have given Tarzan a thoughtful, imperfect makeover.” In his review, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone stated “At least it’s watchable. In summer, baby, that’s high praise.”

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I’m going to have to go with the negatives this time and say if this is what the producers had in mind, then they shouldn’t bothered making a reboot.” Harsh I know! But the script and director didn’t do any good to the epic tale of Tarzan with its sluggish plot (maybe that had to do with the flashbacks), tepid characters and effects. The only memorable thing in the film were Tarzan’s vicious gorilla family; the way they stomped on and flung people around was kind of entertaining. Perhaps the director thought “a shirtless Skarsgard” running all over the screen was enough entertainment… hmmm. Maybe for the ladies. Lol! Just go watch the movie folks and as usual send us your take.

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I’ve got a great news for the teens between the ages of 13-21. If you can sing dance or act, then you might want to try out for an upcoming stage production. The audition is this Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at David’s Christian Centre, Plot 1, Festac link Road, besides Startimes office, Apple junction, Amuwo, Lagos. Time is 12 noon. Call 09053073565 for enquires.

I Think that’s enough reading for today. Enjoy your weekend! Bye. Bye!

 

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