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Alexander Skarsgard is excellent in the otherwise awkward ‘The Legend of Tarzan’

Alexander Skarsgard is excellent in the otherwise awkward ‘The Legend of Tarzan’

Like its titular character, trying to reconcile being both the fifth Earl of Greystoke and the once and future King of the Jungle, “The Legend of Tarzan” wants to be both modern and traditional, hip and classic. It’s a tough balance to strike, and this film can’t manage it.

Which is too bad, because actor Alexander Skarsgard, the latest iteration of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character filmed dozens of times since Elmo Lincoln donned the loincloth in 1918, turns out to be an exemplary Tarzan.

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