Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a good reboot that brings back the world conquering Apes but without the world conquering.

Now the Planet of the Apes franchise is a campy old cult classic that for the most part has better then average films. I loved the first movie with Charleston Heston and as the series progressed I found myself losing interest fast, its not to say those movies had been bad but for me they lost something that the first one had. Cue the planet of the apes movie in 2001 directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Walhberg. The movie was enjoyable because there wasn't an apes movie for a good long while but it suffered from at least in my opinion a mediocre script, the rest of the movie was fine. Now this new Reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes directed by Rupert Wyatt is a far superior film then the 2001 iteration. Here we see James Franco as a scientist trying to find the cure for his father Alzheimer but what he inadvertently does is create Ceaser the first monkey with the intelligence of a human. That's all you need to know really without spoiling anything, there are other characters but in all fairness they are useless and the plot could have moved on without them. The story of this movie brings together what every single movie before it talked about the beginning of the Apes reign on the planet. The apes themselves look incredible as do all the set pieces which include their rise from being captives. The music is alright not really setting emotional value but enough that it warrants being in the film. What surprised me most is that from the trailers it would seem that this starting war between the apes and man would be huge and action packed but what ends up happening is the opposite, it is a origin story after all. Though this is a good attempt to tell the beginning of this long franchise unfortunately I left the theater feeling like I did when the 2001 movie came out which was the want for more. This is a good movie but I could have been better. Hopefully if this does well in the box office they can do a follow-up where the real war starts because this movie lacked any sort of war.

Movie 3.75/5

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