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The Legend of Tarzan


Director: David Yates (Harry Porter films)
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz
Malaysia Release Date: 30 June 2016



Verdict: Probably the worst Tarzan film adaptation I have ever seen in my life. So dull, cliched and boring with many unimpressive slomo shots. It's almost like a Zack Snyder attempt to turn Tarzan into a DC Justice League superhero. It's such a mess that even the sequences of Tarzan swinging from vine to vine looks choppy, and not to mention the lack of long wide angle shots. The action scenes are nothing to shout about either. The CGI, well, it's no Jungle Book (2016) or Planet of the Apes that's for sure.

Ironically, Alexander Skarsgard's (Zoolander films, True Blood TV series) performance as Tarzan is not one of the problems of the film. He did all that he could, even shown hints of character complexity and depth, but too bad the film never properly explores it. Talents of Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) were totally wasted as a sidekick comic relief and generic villain respectively. The only thing that kept me awake was Margot Robbie (as Jane), and when even that was beginning to fail, she got wet in her white top. Nicely played, David Yates. They should've just did an adaptation of the actual story instead of trying to be an original sequel with poorly executed flashbacks which results to zero emotional attachment to anything at all.

Second opinion: (Sorry, none again these times. I'll most probably be attending press screenings alone a lot from now.)

What I would've named the film: "DC's Tarzan"

Malaysian censorship: The love scene is completely cut. Damn it, it's Margot Robbie!

To watch in 3D? Well you like to see animals running and jumping towards the screen and closeup shots of Tarzan swinging around in 3-D, go ahead.

Rating: 1 / 5

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Independence Day: Resurgence


Director: Roland Emmerich (White House Down, 2012, Independence Day)
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Jessie Usher
Malaysia Release Date: 23 June 2016



Verdict: Incredibly silly and unoriginal with a bit of Aliens, Pacific Rim and Man of Steel here and there and yet it's not a bad sequel. Poor development for the new characters (not to mention, forcefully diverse with horrible but gorgeous actress Angelababy seemingly there just to smile and cry for the camera) and therefore lack of emotional engagement compared to the first film, but it is faithful enough to the original campy cheesy tone, storyline and managed to still make it absolutely fun to watch with some of the original characters reprising their roles. Some of these characters, however, do seem like a waste of space and time in the movie.

It's mostly CGI, it went ridiculously cuckoo with the white ball and all (you'd know what I mean after you've watched it), illogical but within its own rules, and the universe is now widened for promising sequels. Count me in.

What I would've named the film: "Starship Troopers: The Prequel"

Post-credit scene? None.

Malaysian censorship: I think even our beloved board of film censorship finds it too silly to cut any scene. UPDATE: Thanks to reader Vincent Tan, he reminded me that there are a few scenes censored — a naked butt, gay men holding hands and middle fingers, which I can't recall.

To watch in 3D? I watched it in IMAX 3D and there were noticeable depth but I don't think it's significant enough to choose 3D over normal 2D viewing.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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