I’m not a Tarzan fan by any stretch (though I do love a lot of old pulp characters) and I haven’t seen the new film, but I have been curious how it’d be received by die hard fans, and invested critics studying it through a contemporary eye. Re-Pressed below is a post to one such review which is very much worth reading, and here too, is a link for a second, by another lifelong Burroughs fan.
We live in a world where it is likely a story that has been printed/published/posted even just once will never ever go away, stories now hundreds of years can’t ever be lost again. That’s wonderful, except sometimes those tales are fraught with historical trash–fun trash, well constructed trash, trash we can learn something from, but trash nonetheless. Storytelling and history make for complicated bedfellows, but together they’re capable of rebirthing ideas in a way that is important and necessary, allowing for the salvaging and growth of mythologies that may be valuable to understanding our past, present, and as a catalogue of that growth for the future. ~JRC
“…In short, I am fully aware of the problematic nature of the Tarzan films and books. Let’s be clear: Tarzan is not a racist trope. It is THE racist trope, arguably the most specific …
Source: The Legend of Tarzan (2016)