|legeros.com > Movie Hell > 1999 > Reviews|
TARZAN is also a bit of a sit, I'm rather surprised to report. Dis- ney's animated, non-musical adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's oft- filmed tale tries to have it both ways, as a serious action-adventure and as a family-friendly formula film. I don't know that it's too terribly successful at either. When something serious happens, in- variably Phil Collins starts singing on the soundtrack or some wacky supporting character pops out of the foliage. Alternately, when something silly happens, it's allowed only up to a point. These in- congruous elements are not sore-thumb distracting, mind you, but they are annoying. As is the predictable familiarity of the whole thing. Phil's songs sound like LION KING leftovers; Rosie O'Donnell and Wayne Knight's ape-and-elephant pals play like THE JUNGLE BOOK, etc. The computer-enhanced depictions of vine-swinging and branch-surfing are probably worth the price of admission, though. And, as a someone who read all 24 of Burroughs' books in college, I wouldn't complain too loudly Disney if made a sequel or two or three. With the voices of Tony Goldwyn, Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen, Brian Blessed, Nigel Hawthorne, Alex D. Linz, and Minnie Drive as Jane Porter. (Rated "G"/~90 min.) Grade: B Copyright 1999 by Michael J. Legeros Movie Hell is a trademark of Michael J. Legeros
Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: Read 'Em and Weep.