The entire world is in an uproar about Margot Robbie being snubbed at the 2024 Oscars, while Ryan Reynolds got a nomination for Barbie. But on Netflix, a jungle adventure film starring Robbie is soaring past the competition.
The Legend of Tarzan, featuring the talented Robbie as Jane, has claimed the coveted first spot, amassing an impressive 14.4million hours viewed and 7.9million individual views. The film had received a lukewarm response from critics but grossed $356.7million worldwide against a budget of $180 million.
Directed by David Yates and written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, the characters are based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film takes audiences on an exhilarating adventure through the untamed jungles of Africa. The official blurb of the film reads: “When Jane is abducted by the Belgian envoy Leon Rom while investigating the government’s activities in the Congo, John must revert to his former self as Tarzan if he is to save his beloved wife.”
Starring Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan, the movie brings a fresh twist to the iconic characters, with Robbie’s Jane breaking away from the traditional damsel-in-distress trope.
In an interview on Good Morning America, Robbie expressed her commitment to portraying Jane as a strong, independent character. “I definitely didn’t want her to be a damsel in distress, and I just wanted her to be actively finding a way out of the situation.”
Robbie was also cheeky enough to point out about being the character in more clothes than her male counterpart, “It’s a rarity to be wearing more clothes than your male costar, so I was very grateful for that,” Robbie explained, “She was wearing clothes, and yeah, they get ripped and torn as we’re running through the jungle, but I’m not gonna suddenly pop out in a loin cloth for no apparent reason.”
You can watch The Legend of Tarzan on Netflix and watch the trailer here: