I’ll start by saying the old Planet of the Apes really creeped me out. My brother used to watch them and I found them very unsettling and weird. I never understood how a planet with talking monkeys came to be, and I apparently have a shitty imagination so I never really liked the whole concept. But when I found out that this new one explained how that happened, I thought, “oh, this might be interesting.” Then it got all these great reviews and I got a little excited to see it.
I saw it yesterday with my brother, and maybe I’ve watched one too many shows about monkeys on the National Geographic channel, but sorry, monkeys aren’t gymnasts. The “apes” in this movie moved like an Olympic gymnastic team. The lead character, Ceasar, was swinging around James Franco’s house like Mary Lou Retton. Then at some point, it turned into a prison movie. Ceasar was briefly doing sign language with another ape that had been in the circus and the conversation was just silly. My brother and I found quite a bit of comedy in this movie.
But here’s what really annoyed me. Chimps, apes and big monkeys will literally rip a man’s or another monkey’s balls off. The monkeys in this movie have every right to do it, and yet, not one ball was ripped off. Not one!
The story line was pretty good, but remember watching Titanic and how you couldn’t wait for the ship to crash into the iceberg so the action would start? This was the same thing for me. I couldn’t wait until the monkeys got loose so they could start wreaking havoc on the humans. The CGI was really amazing though. So, with that being said, I don’t give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, just a fist.
Have a great day!