Holly On Hollywood
“The Legend of Tarzan and Star Trek Beyond”
by Holly McClure
With the holidays fast approaching, I’m going to recommend movie suggestions that are on DVD and streaming!
“The Legend of Tarzan” stars Alexander Skarsgard as John Clayton III, who resides in his late parent’s Victorian Greystoke manner in England with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie). It’s been a decade since The Lord of the jungle left Africa but he’s soon asked to return with George (Samuel L. Jackson) under the premise that he investigates the inhumane treatment of the African people for King Leopold. Tarzan and Jane are reunited with their beloved animals and old friends but soon, all are trapped in a deadly scheme led by Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds.
The PG-13 adventure has lots of action (in the jungle, on a train, boat, etc.), …
amazing and realistic CGI animals, intense battles with an African tribe, incredible scenery and breathtaking scene of Tarzan swinging through the trees. I grew up loving Tarzan movies, so I was hoping to see some of those elements in this story and I wasn’t disappointed! There are wonderful details woven into the flashbacks, that show how Tarzan was raised by the apes, how he met Jane and why he returned to England. Jackson is a perfect addition playing Tarzan’s sidekick with humor and sarcasm. I enjoyed Skarsgard as a Tarzan who exudes a sexy strength of character as well as physic, along with Robbie’s Jane, who can hold her own when facing danger. Their loving relationship and happy ending made me wish for a sequel. Older fans who remember the original Tarzan movies, you will not be disappointed!
STAR TREK BEYOND
“Star Trek Beyond” begins with The Enterprise crew and Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) picking up a distress call from a science team in an unknown world. As The Enterprise approaches to rescue, the starship is shredded by a swarm of swirling metallic spikes controlled by an evil warlord, Krall (Idris Elba). The crew McCoy (Karl Urban), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin), Sulu (John Cho), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Scotty (Simon Pegg), crash lands on Krall’s planet and battle his army, aided by a female renegade warrior named Jaylah (Sofia Boutella).
The PG-13 has lots of sci-fi action, ugly aliens and fight scenes, but….
nothing too graphic. I enjoyed the different parings of the crew, highlighting their personalities, witty dialogue and efforts to find and save their missing crew mates. I also enjoyed the tributes to Nimoy, with the younger Spock mourning the death of the Senior Spock and seeing an old photo of the original Star Trek cast (William Shatner, Nimoy, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei). In fact, the closing credits include a tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin (who died tragically almost a month before the film’s release.) For old and new fans, this is an action adventure mature pre-teens to adults will enjoy!
“Remember To Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!