The Legend Of Tarzan Review

Recently I purchased the Legend of Tarzan on Blu Ray, I had wanted to go and watch it in the cinema when it was released in summer however I never got the chance. I sat down ready to watch looking forward to it being a huge Tarzan fan when I was younger and thoroughly enjoying Disney’s live action remake of The Jungle Book earlier this year.

The Legend of Tarzan takes place nearly 10 years after Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) and Jane (Margot Robbie) left Africa to live in Victorian England. Jane becomes a pawn in a devious plan and Tarzan is forced to return to the jungle to save her.

The films starts off with a bang, setting the scene in the jungle with a whole action sequence of battle between some mercenaries and a native tribe – I felt it almost had a Pirates of the Caribbean sense to it. Unfortunately following this opening sequence, the rest of the film remains very flat and truthfully doesn’t make much sense at all. The backstory for Tarzan and Jane is almost non existent, a few flashbacks are supposed to remind everyone of what happened in the original Tarzan however these are poorly executed and have no real need to be in the film.

I almost feel as if they should have stayed away from the original as much as possible or solely remade that with live action. There are moments where you can clearly tell they have incorporate as much of the original as possible but are pointless and just act as a filler. For example there is a scene where Tarzan is in the jungle and a herd of elephants approaches him and Tarzan goes over to and strokes one of them, who I’m assuming is supposed to be Tantor from the animated movie. This comes with no addition to the storyline, maybe if the elephants had reappeared at the end for the ‘final battle’ then there would have been some purpose for this scene?

The (almost) saving grace for the film is how good it looks. Some of the cinematography is fantastic, the panoramic views of Africa are stunning and really do set the scene. There are a few moments where you can tell where the animals have been animated, however for the most part the film looks great.

To buy or not to buy? – Unfortunately I’d advise not to buy for The Legend of Tarzan, its an easy watch but lacks substance.

Rating: 5.6/10

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Doctor Strange Review

Doctor Strange is the story of Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and how his life changes following a car accident which takes the use of his hands from him. When traditional medicine fails him, he heads to Nepal for healing and learns about the ways of ‘The Ancient One’. From here on we see the classic superhero formula – we see how Strange finds his power and helps to battle against evil forces which are attacking Earth.

I very much enjoyed Doctor Strange, I felt it had a good balance of what a Marvel film should contain – humorous characters, an intriguing yet simple storyline and the feeling of wanting to kick ass as soon as you leave the cinema! As the movie title suggests, the film is indeed ‘strange’ but I felt as if Marvel had succeeded in creating an abstract masterpiece. The film is particularly funny as well, Beyoncé and Adele even get shoutouts!

I thought Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Dr. Stephen Strange was fantastic! Yes the American accent is a little odd at first however you get used to it straight away. The character suited him perfectly, arrogant and cocky just like ‘Sherlock’ which made him very comfortable settling into the role. 

Where does Doctor Strange fit into the Marvel universe? Well Marvel do what they do best, there are a number of references to the Avengers and even possibly a reference to Captain Marvel…? The signature post-credits scene also suggests that will be seeing much more of Doctor Strange in films to come.

Go and watch, wait for the DVD or avoid altogether? – If you are a Marvel / Benedict Cumberbatch fan then I would definitely go and give it a watch, if not then I would wait for the DVD!

Rating: 7.7/10

Football Manager Touch 17 Review

It’s that time of year again where football fans all over the World go into hibernation as the highly anticipated Football Manager was released last week! As I own a laptop which is from the 1950’s and cannot run the PC game I have been playing the fantastic FM Touch 17. Having played and thoroughly enjoyed last years FM Touch 16 I was eagerly anticipating playing the latest instalment.

Upon first playing I was surprised at how similar this years game was compared to last years, I know it’s hard to change a winning formula however I was expecting some minor adjustments. However when I delved into the game I found the minor changes, such as the social media influence, fantastic additions.

In comparison to the PC version there are a few things missing however this game is truly amazing! It offers a more streamlined version compared to PC yet offers in depth game analysis, a top quality scouting setup and highly detailed player reports. Having played PC versions in the past I felt as if the transition to go on to the Touch game was easy to pick up.

The only issue I have with this masterpiece is the licenses which Sega seem to have lost, there are no badges for 18 teams in the premier league which is incredibly frustrating- it feels as if I am playing a PES game from ten years ago! Unfortunately I don’t think there’s anyway to download a patch for this at the minute but I will be keeping me eyes out!

All in all, Football Manager Touch 17 is a is a steal at £15 and you will definitely get your monies worth! Stay tuned as I will be posting updates of my journey to stardom soon!