The first trailer for David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan has some really great things going for it. Its cast, for one. The fact it’s self-aware of the myth behind Tarzan, two. But then there’s the avalanche of CG insanity which makes us scratch our heads.

We won’t find out if all of this works until The Legend of Tarzan opens on July 1, and it could go either way. Could this be a rollicking adventure, with plenty of yelling, swinging and fun? Or could it be a cringe-inducing attempt at starting another franchise based on a popular character? The trailer definitely leans toward the latter.

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And yet, with Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent, John Hurt and Margot Robbie along for the ride, you have to hold out hope. Not to mention the fact it’s directed by David Yates, who did the last four Harry Potter movies along with the upcoming one.

Here it is.

Honestly, the trailer kind of won me over with that second to last bit. Tarzan sipping tea? That’s being ridiculous and knowing it, which works.

So what’s this movie about? Here’s the official plot description:

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

I love that the film is both a new start for Tarzan, but also aware of the history. The potential is there, but we’ll see.

The Legend of Tarzan opens July 1.


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