I always find it a little puzzling reviewing anything with Bo Derek in it since the focus of the movies is usually on her mammary glands instead of the plot. What it comes to Tarzan the Ape Man, it admittedly does have some sort of story going on for it, including an ape man that appearing towards the end of the movie, but rest assured: The movie is very much about Derek being half naked and sensual, this time around in a jungle.
Campy in the very definition of the word in its acting and slow motion action scenes, the cinematography here is actually not that bad at all. Other than that and some of the photogenic animals pictured here – many of which don’t belong to the African fauna at all – the movie is just plain tedious and I found myself struggling to stay focused on the events on the screen.
Tarzan the Ape Man remains the second best movie of Bo Derek after her breakthrough role in 10; an insight that should make it clear to steer away from the rest of her catalogue.