The Legend of Tarzan

I woke up and watched CBS Sunday Morning.  The highlight was a segment on Elton John.  I walked past the library and saw that the people who slept outside the building left behind a mess.  After buying a few items at Trader Joe’s, I went out to take the buses to the Grand Lake Theatre.  Everybody was there to see “The Secret Life of Pets,” but since I saw it on Friday, I bought a ticket for “The Legend of Tarzan.”  It looked for a while as if I would be the only one seeing the 12:15 screening, but other people did come in late.  Looking through IMDB, it seemed like the biggest story behind the movie was Alexander Skarsgard’s physical conditioning for the role.  His physique was impressive, but his Tarzan wasn’t.  The movie was loud and obnoxious, and it was exhausting to sit through.  Margot Robbie was Jane, and she had hints of Sophia Loren and Sofia Vergara.  They had her doing something nearly impossible in freeing someone in a cage and swimming to shore.  It is all unconvincing.  Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are part of the cast, giving the feeling of a Quentin Tarantino film.  I felt that this movie wasn’t really necessary.  It tried to be a movie of today, but it should have been pared down.  The part at the end with the animals leading the attack made me think of “Lawrence of Arabia.”  I felt like rooting for Rom.  As far as your summer movies go, it wasn’t bad.  Jessica Chastain would have been a more interesting Jane.  I thought back on “Greystoke” and how I enjoyed going to the movies much more back in 1984.  I headed home and watched movies like “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Grumpier Old Men.”  The Robert Hilburn Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN had tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s albums “Nebraska” and “Tunnel of Love.”  The Columbo episode on Me TV was “Murder by the Book” with Jack Cassidy and Martin Milner.  Some of the people who died on July 11 include George Gershwin (1937), Robert Ryan (1973), Laurence Olivier (1989), and Barnard Hughes (2006).  Today is a birthday for Giorgio Armani (82).

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