There are few things more banal in cinema than a painfully mediocre blockbuster, and there must be made clear that they are actually worse than those considered to be awful. An often ironic pleasure derived from an awful big budget production, but relentlessly mediocre attempts like The Legend of Tarzan have absolutely no emotional reaction.
There were a number of reasons to be excited, but there are still others to be dissatisfied. Director David Yates knew his way around an effects-heavy studio vehicle after making several Harry Potter films, but he was rarely lauded for providing an impressive visual appearance or verve to the proceedings.
The narrative centered around a famous character, but one that would not have been of significant cultural significance since Phil Collins went for it two decades ago. The Legend of Tarzan, however, was the exact definition of average, established in the no mans land of being neither a success or a failure.
A $356 million purchase at the box office on a $180 million budget ensured it wasn''t a bomb, but it was far from a lucrative smash hit. A 35 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and 58 percent user rating is toward a middling motion picture, but it isn''t a project that was seen six feet under by critics and viewers.
While The Legend of Tarzan is still alive in their drives, FlixPatrol is revealing that it ranks as the world''s highest-rated model. If anything, the most impressive part about the historical actioner is that it manages to remake a haunting adventure starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and Djimon Honsou into something so spooky.