Of the many things to get excited about in regard to The Legend of Tarzan, from the cast top-lined by Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, and Samuel L. Jackson to the script by Craig Brewer that focuses on Tarzan’s return to the jungle after tasting civilization, the top element for me is David Yates. Fans of the Harry Potter films will no doubt know his name from his work on all the Potter films after Alfonso Cuaron‘s excellent Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the sense of visual texture, the mordant tone of the films that he oversaw was some of the most remarkable work done on a modern big-budget franchise over the last three decades.
Looking at the footage from the latest TV spot for The Legend of Tarzan, which you can take a look at below, one can unmistakably see a similar sense of balancing the light and finding a unique color palette that’s moody without going completely grim. I can’t even say that I’m a particularly big fan of the subject material here, but the simple allure of the imagery has quickly made The Legend of Tarzan one of my most anticipated movies of the summer. We’ll see how it all shakes out when the film hits theaters on July 1st.
Here’s the TV spot for The Legend of Tarzan:
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
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.