Saturday, August 20, 2011

RIse of the Planet of the Apes

If you think it'd be neat to see sentient gorillas attacking cops on a bridge ... you should go see Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We saw it as a whim, standing in line at the AMC, and opting out of seeing Harry Potter, we picked the new film.

It was very cool - for all the reports that the acting was mediocre or whatever other faults they claim exist - it's COOL.

Honestly, the acting is fine, the story is fine (John Lithgow is a pleasure to see in all of his roles, and he's no exception in this film) but the main character is Caesar the chimp.

It's a bildungsroman of Caesar that shows you what preceded the Planet of the Apes that began with Charlton Heston. There are a series of neat Easter eggs from the first film that aren't too forced. There are a LOT of neat Easter eggs that make it a fun piece, but at the same time, it's still pretty awesome.

Here's the important part of the film - it's not about James Franco or his father or his girlfriend or the man who runs the Chimp sanctuary or the guy at the pharmaceutical company (though they each have their roles to play) ... it's ABOUT Caesar. The whole story was about him growing up and what leads him to do what he does.

There are surprises and incredible scenes that aren't just about blowing things up, but are about character development that's (importantly) SHOWN and not told. Nobody comes out and ruins the movie by telling you what's going on - but rather it's aced so well that you understand it all along, and it's shown to you with ease and detail that makes it incredibly compelling to watch.


This scene is AWESOME. Pivotal, climaxing and game-changing
all in one - perfectly executed.

Let's not forget that the apes get smart and do what they have to do for the prequel to the Planet of the Apes universe to exist (I won't ruin it) .. it's a neat movie, and it doesn't disappoint.

I saw it on a whim, but you should see it on my recommendation. It's a quick and easy sci.fi. that doesn't require you to do anything but absolutely enjoy it. Between the story, the acting, the character progression, special effects and spot-on direction from whoever put this thing together, the pacing and climaxes are executed with skill and precision.

I don't blog about every movie I see - but I sure did like this one.

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