Tarzan and His Mate

Tarzan and His Mate ★★★★½

Dang, I didn't remember this film being such a thrill ride! I probably got it mixed up in my head at some point with the original Tarzan film, but this one definitely has the kicks on that one. The action pieces in this film are all incredible, leaving me often wondering how exactly they accomplished them with all the animal wrangling and acrobatics it would have required. Sometimes it's obvious that the actors are just dancing in front of previously recorded safari footage, but at times the special effects are quite believable.

Crocodiles, elephants, hippos, monkeys, lions, zebras... you name it, this film's got it somewhere. Some are good, some are bad, some are unpredictable, all add to the sense of adventure in this jungle romp. To top it off, there's a solid plot about hunters coming in for ivory and even a love triangle/rhombus that adds drama. Certain scenes reminded me of this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and I was definitely emotionally invested in this one, as much as you can be in an Olympic athlete and his ape-woman.

A great early adventure movie that's definitely the one to watch if you only wanted to check out one old Tarzan film.