The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan ★½

“No one ever started with less.” The only interesting detail about the phenomenally uninteresting hero of “The Legend of Tarzan” is a stray observation that “No one ever started with less.” On the contrary: The film completely glosses over its namesake’s evolution from poop-flinging jungle hunk to tea-stirring British Lord. Separately, that throwaway line is vaguely applicable to the film itself. Whereas upcoming tentpoles like “Suicide Squad” and “Jason Bourne” will enjoy the momentum afforded to them by their respective franchises, “The Legend of Tarzan” — despite centering on an Edgar Rice Burroughs character who’s almost as old as movies themselves — could hardly have less going for it. Most $180 million movies have running starts, but this one is a 747 trying to take off with only 50 feet of runway.

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