Not recommended under 15 due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Legend of Tarzan, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Legend of Tarzan is the latest action-adventure film about John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgard). John's parents had died when he was a child and he had been taken in by a family of apes and had grown up as their valued leader ‘Tarzan’. It is now 10 years since those times and John has been living a comfortable life in England with his loving wife Jane (Margot Robbie).
The Belgian King Leopold II decides to invade the Congo, in order to extract the mineral deposits and diamonds he believes are there. When his expedition is ambushed by tribal leader Chief Mbonga, King Leopold's envoy Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) is offered diamonds in exchange for Tarzan.
Upon hearing about potential incidents of the Belgians enslaving the Congolese, John is convinced by an American envoy - who knows about his previous identity as Tarzan - to go to Congo once more. When John and his wife Jane travel there, they encounter Rom and his mercenaries who kidnap Jane and several of their companions.
John discovers that Rom intends to use the diamonds to fund a large army to control and exploit the Congo for its resources. He sets out - with the help of the leader of the Apes - to take on Rom and to rescue his wife.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Love and family; revenge; colonialism; slavery; mercenaries; sacrifice
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is considerable violence in the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group are likely to find many of the characters and the violent scenes described above disturbing
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to find many of the characters and the scenes described above disturbing
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are also likely to find many of the characters and scenes described above disturbing
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger viewers in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes and themes
None of concern
None of concern
There is some sexual content and nudity, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Legend of Tarzan is an action-packed film that demonstrates the importance of taking a stand against things that are wrong or unjust. Despite not wanting to go back to the Congo, Tarzan cannot stand by while the Congolese are mistreated and taken as slaves by the Belgians. The movie highlights the importance of a person's heritage, and how family may not be just those to whom people are related to by blood. It also highlights the lengths to which individuals will go in order to take care of the people they love. Furthermore, the film emphasises that whilst courage is important, revenge-seeking behaviours can often result in negative consequences for everyone involved.
The film contains frequent violence and disturbing scenes and themes, so is not suitable for young children, and is best suited to viewers over 15.
This movie could give parents of older children the opportunity to discuss a number of issues, including:
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age