Rise of the Planet of the Apes
While not best film of the year by any means, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is easily the best summer movie of the year so far. Not that I’ve seen too many, but it’s been a rather disappointing year (but not as bad as everyone is making it out to be in my opinion).
Smart, thrilling, well directed, and just generally pleasing all around, it’s definitely worth seeing.
Now, the only other Apes movie I had seen was Tim Burton’s remake, which has rightfully been all but forgotten by the world already. I have never seen the originals, and I don’t feel very compelled to either. But it feels like part of a canon, without ever making you feel like you’re truly missing out if you’re in the dark on the rest of it.
That being said though, there are many notes throughout the film that don’t quite hit right. The repeating of the iconic line from the original (“Get your hands off of me…”), for instance, is terrible. But the moment that immediately follows is surprisingly, well, surprising. This is not the kind of movie I was expecting to give me multiple moments of genuine pause and surprise throughout. But it did, and I’m glad they were able to lift up something that could be so schlocky and cheap into something genuinely interesting.
Other questionable notes include major changes in character attitudes for no real compelling reason, small bits of ape posturing that seemed all too on the nose, and Freida Pinto’s character being altogether pointless. She could be removed from the film altogether and you’d never notice. Which is a shame, as I do like her.
Also of note, the German title is “Planet der Affen: Prevolution,” which I really like. I’m surprised the made-up word Prevolution would translate here as they don’t use the prefix pre- like we do. But it’s an interesting title.