Tarzan (2013)


Adventure | Animation


Reinhard Kloss




Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Jaime Ray Newman, Robert Capron, Mark Deklin, Craig Garner, Anton Zetterholm, Joe Cappelletti, Brian Huskey, Faton Millanaj, Maximilian Nepomuk Allgeier, Christian Serritiello, Brian Bloom, Jason Hildebrandt


Tarzan (Kellan Lutz) and Jane (Spencer Locke) face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO (Joe Cappelletti) of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents after they died in a plane crash.


Like I said months ago when I reviewed "The Legend of Tarzan", Disney's "Tarzan" was one of my childhood favourites and seeing that story completely rip apart by this "Tarzan" was truly heartbreaking. This film is bad on so many levels, I doubt there's anyone in the entire world who could enjoy it.

I'm not even sure what the real problem is. The story is a real mess. It took me a while to figure out what was going on and I'm usually pretty smart so I don't think kids will fully understand it. The storytelling is awful, therefore the film ends up being tedious and unengaging.

Then, there are a lot of changes with the story. From Tarzan's origins - frankly, I don't understand what was the point but I have to admit that Tarzan's childhood was the only (slightly) interesting part in the entire film - to the addition of an environmental message that seems taken straight out of James Cameron's "Avatar" and that doesn't really add to the film because it isn't delivered, a job many other animated films got done.

Other than being a complete mess on the script part, the film is a visual catastrophe. Obsolete to say the least, the animation has the quality of an average (and old) video game and it's very unpleasant to the eye. The characters are ugly - I wonder if the graphics had any idea of how a human body is supposed to look like -, and their movements are just terrible. 

Can we now please go back to the old, Disney musical version now and forget about this?