Friday, June 17, 2005

Batman and Tarzan Begin

Is there room for another Tarzan movie? After all, over forty films have already been made about this legendary hero. If a film helps children understand that being different doesn’t mean being less worthy, and if, like “Tarzan II,” it does so in a lighthearted and humanistic way, the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes.”

Although the big movie released this week is “Batman Begins,” believe it or not, some people -- mostly youngsters -- may be more interested in finding out how Tarzan became “Tarzan” than in discovering how Bruce Wayne transformed himself into “Batman.” What took place between the time a baby boy survived a plane crash in Africa and his reign as King of the Jungle? Walt Disney’s animated “Tarzan II,” released Tuesday on DVD, answers that question with humor for the kids and a few laughs thrown in for their parents.

“Batman Begins,” however, adopts a dark and serious tone. Although Christian Bale is splendid as the emotionally tortured Bruce Wayne, he’s not as impressive in his Caped Crusader garb. I don’t think the mask fits him – and his voice sounds a bit mechanical. Because I’m an avid Bale fan, that surprises and disappoints me.


  • Betty Jo, I plan to see Batman this weekend. As for whether or not we need another Tarzan is open for interpretation on a personal level. I feel if you re-edited Greystoke you could have a much better film, albeit shorter film. Now if you can reapproach a film idea with a fresh approach as Batman Begins certianly appears to be it is a worthwhile effort. Perhaps if Tarzan were to be set in the jungles of Africa during ethnice cleansing that his parents could have died from. He rises up in age to help battle the forces of evil in the guise of ruthless rebel warriors. Now I would pay to see that film.

    By Blogger Chris Mansel, At 10:43 PM  

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