During the 7:30 p.m. Sunday screening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in Southampton, the sold out crowd theater clapped their hands because the movie was so entertaining. I think that the largest and best indicator of a good movie is when the audience claps at the end. I highly, highly recommend you go see this movie and get an escape from reality for a little bit.
I will say that when I first heard about the film, I was a little skeptical and put it into “The Smurfs” category of films. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of remakes. In fact, my friend and I each have a recurring nightmare that one day Hollywood will re-make “Back To The Future” or “Ghostbusters.” But after seeing “Planet of the Apes” and how well it was done, I’m starting to think now that maybe Hollywood should keep going that route. Undoubtedly they will if they keep capturing audiences with it.
The first hurdle you have to get over with “Rise Of the Planet of the Apes” is that everything is done with CGI, which I usually hate. It never really impresses me and I’ve always felt that CGI kind of takes the life out of a movie when it comes to the actors. All too often you can notice that the actors are literally performing in front of nothing. It can happen to even some of the best actors. Did you see John Malkovich in the recent “Transformers” installment? He is one of the best actors in the world — yet watching him interact with the CGI is a disaster.
But “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is believable and it delivers. I think this largely has to do with the fact that physical actors were used during the filming of the movie and then CGI was placed over them, allowing the actors in the film something real to interact with.
And trust me, once you believe that all of San Francisco is being over run by apes, you start to love every second of the movie. I haven’t felt this way about a film based in San Francisco since, “The Rock“.
The film is also extremely well written and answers every loophole and question that can be addressed by the guy like me, who after the film questions every angle. You know those questions, “But how can Marty meet his parents in the past if they never would have met had he not gone from the future to the past?” It’s all cleared up in”Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
I felt good about this movie. Everybody likes seeing somebody face impossible odds, and then rise to greatness, even if it is a damn dirty ape.