Rise of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review!


When Tim Burton decided to remake Planet of the Apes (notoriously with Marky
Mark, the only way I’ll ever see Mr. Wahlberg) in 2001, what was the verdict? Would
people care about some old movie about simians? With the director’s reputation, of
course they would; it generated more than four times the gross of all the originals
combined. And now, for 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, do people care about
a reboot of a story from more than four decades ago? I totally do. While I did feel
burnt out from watching the four original movies prior to seeing Rise of the Planet
of the Apes (“educating myself”), the story felt fresh and creative while still fitting
in with the storyline of the 2001 Apes. Aside from the amazing CGI effects that
kick Avatar’s ass (something that was obviously going to beat the original movie
anyway), the recent release has a more current and updated storyline that really
affects its audience, involving disease, animal abuse, and science. Interestingly
enough, the original storyline had humans killed off by a nuclear war, something
that created social media uproar in the late 1960s and 1970s. Not saying that
blowing up the world isn’t a concern nowadays, but I find that lately people are
more worried about super-diseases, earthly karma, and science and technology
backfiring on the human race. The movie really sucks you in with these topics, and
also creates emotional ties with the head honcho ape Caesar and the audience by
making Caesar’s relationship with humans more prevalent. He goes from a loving
family to being abused in cages to kicking homo sapien ass for the good of his kind.
A big theme in the story is good things going bad to create new things, which, as
you all know, is evolution; Rise of the Planet of the Apes not only shows this in literal
and figurative forms, but also as improvement for story development, remakes, and
reboots, a trend that seems to be overpowering movie theaters everywhere.

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I'm a true child of the 80s from a small town near Cleveland, Ohio. My all time favorite topics are Star Wars, slasher films and Cleveland sports (despite the misery it causes). I narrowly avoided law school, instead choosing film school. I have been accused of being a walking IMDB, but I take it as a compliment!

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  1. I too thought this prequel worked. I found myself rooting for the apes (which was fun). Also, I thought Lithgow’s performance was wonderful. Anyone who has known someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this movie is a little difficult to watch because it strikes home. But I felt that Lithgow’s character was essential to the movie and moving.