Be it Batman versus Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Ride Along 2, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, Zoolander 2, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, to name just a few, these sequels and remakes have done pretty well at the box office.
Although some of them may have not been as good as we expected, I guess, to some extent, they were good enough to whet your appetite.
These days, it’s rare to come across a film that’s so good, it seems new every time you watch it.
Once in a blue moon when we have the likes of Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese behind the lenses, there are inevitably some great films to look forward to.
But those legendary filmmakers with Midas touch hardly ever make movies now. On the rare occasion they do, they usually strike gold.
But all is not lost, as some new up-and-coming filmmakers are rising through the ranks, producing some of the latest favourites.
The list includes the likes of Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Tate Taylor (The Help), Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Argo), Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) and James Bobin (The Muppets franchise).
Among these rising stars is British filmmaker David Yates who first rose to prominence by directing the final four films in the Harry Potter film series: entries five, six, seven, and eight (2007–2011).
After a lapse of five years, Yates is back with another interesting franchise, The Legend of Tarzan.
The story of Tarzan, like that other classic, The Jungle Book, has been retold over the years in many different versions in print and on screen..
I always thought Tarzan was the adult version of Mowgli from The Jungle Book but both these franchises have different roots.
One striking similarity though, is that both the leading characters were raised in the wild.
The Legend of Tarzan starring Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard in the lead role is set in the latter days of Victorian-era England, after Tarzan (Skarsgard) leaves the jungles of Africa to live in civilised society in London with wife Jane Porter (Margot Robbie).
However, Tarzan, also known as John Clayton, is called back to Africa for work where he falls into a devious trap set by corrupt Belgian Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz).
The only way through is to return to the jungle to save the love of his life, Jane.
The Legend of Tarzan trailer hints at an action-packed second half when Tarzan reunites with his old buddies (a bunch of apes) to take on Captain Léon Rom and his troops.
The graphic work looks amazing. There is a scene in the trailer in which a herd of buffaloes tear their way through what looks like a military barracks – and it’s pretty spectacular.
Regardless of the way it’s being portrayed in this latest venture, The Legend of Tarzan, will surely be a spectacle not to be missed.
See you at the movies!