Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)


“This is not the world John. Just the edge of it. ” – Capitaine Phillippe D’Arnot

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy is raises by apes in the jungles of Africa after being shipwrecked with his parents

My Take on it – Having known the various legends of Tarzan before seeing this film, its easy to see that they try to bring a very different and strange adaptation of the story.

They try too hard to make this film feel more epic than it truly is and it just doesn’t work well at all.

Christopher Lambert is a weak choice for the lead role here and fails to carry the story well enough to keep things intriguing and interesting.

The apes are played by actors in costumes and they look so fake that it take away so much from the realistic feeling that this kind of story requires.

The fact that its quite obvious that the voice of Andie McDowell is dubbed by Glenn Close also takes away so much from the story and is actually quite annoying to watch.

Ralph Richardson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in this film and its very understandable since he shows such a great character arc.

Unfortunately, hos performance isn’t able to elevate the enjoyment or entertainment value of the rest of this film.

Bottom Line – Pretty strange adaptation of the Tarzan legend.  Although they attempt to get an epic feeling for it, it just doesn’t work at all. Lambert is weak in the lead role and doesn’t manage to carry the story well enough. The costumes of the apes are poorly created and they don’t seem realistic enough. The dubbing of the voice of Jane by Close is very annoying since McDowell is the one in the role.  Richardson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and shows a nice character arc, but even that can’t help this film be more entertaining.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Screenwriter Robert Towne was credited for his writing contribution under the name of his sheepdog, P.H. Vazak, reportedly because he was dissatisfied with the re-write of his script by Director Hugh Hudson. This meant that when the screenplay received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Towne’s dog was nominated for an Academy Award. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

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