Warning: this review may contain spoilers
I have to admit, I was not looking forward to seeing this movie, being practically raised on the series thanks to my dad, I could tell that this movie wasn’t at all like the original idea of how the apes took over the world. But, I have to say, I LOVED THIS MOVIE! And now I’m gonna tell you why~
Really, unless you have been living under a rock for the past… forever, then you are familiar with the concept of planet of the apes, for those of you that have in fact been living under the aforementioned rock, the entire series revolves around the fact that apes took over the world, and the human race gets wiped out. The movies before this one were about thousands of years in the future after the monkeys took over and how they evolved into a civilized species, complete with clothes and armor. Not many people are aware of how this actually came to being, in the original, Ceaser, a chimp from the future, gets into a space ship, gets lost, somehow goes into a wormhole and ends up in the past. In this alternate universe, cats and dogs are wiped out by a virus of sorts, forcing the human race to take monkeys in as pets, because everyone knows the human race has always had a need to dominate some sort of animal, and birds and fish just don’t cut it. Eventually the virus spreads to people and kills them. The apes take over. If you don’t want spoilers don’t read the following paragraph, the one after that is my true review.
This is not how this movie plays out. In this version, a well known scientist is struggling with the fact that his father has severe alzheimer’s. In an attempt to reverse the effects he creates a drug, in the process of making it, he tests it on apes, one ape in particular passes the effects onto her baby, but dies herself because of the drug. The scientist takes the baby chimp because the company he works for wants to kill it. He had no idea how the drug he created would affect the baby chimp and to his amazement, he discovers the cute little guy learning faster than any human child ever could. He treats the chimp like his own child, teaching him sign language and giving him his own well decorated room in the attic. When he sees how well the chimp is doing, he decides to take the risk and give the drug to his father, it works. Not only does his father recover, but his intelligence actually improves on how it was pre-alzheimer’s. All looks well, until after a few years, when his fathers immune system starts to fight off the drug, and his alzheimer’s comes back. The now senile father goes out, trying to drive a neighbors car, which pisses off the neighbor, who starts getting rough with the poor old guy, which in turn pisses off Ceasar. What follows puts Ceasar into a primate holding center, which looks nice at first, but you later find out that Draco Malfoy is the guy who is taking care of them. Surprise surprise Draco Malfoy is kind of an ass to both wizards and monkeys. He pretty much single handedly pisses off the monkeys so much that they break out and “Rise”. I don’t want to go much farther into it than that, it’s pretty much the base story.
This movie was fantastic. It completely blew me away. The graphics they used for the apes was flawless, and the way they captured Ceasars emotions through the same guy that played Golum from Lord Of The Rings was amazing. Everyone truly felt connected to him and by the end of the movie everyone in the theater was rooting for the apes to win, which was a shocker to me. Just about every ape has it’s own personality, you can tell almost each and every one of them apart, you would think that they would all look the same, and that Ceasar would easily disappear in the mob of monkeys, but that’s not true, you can tell him apart from all the others, and all the main ones can be easily spotted as well. The movie also incorporates details from the original series into this new techy version, including the space ship that gets lost, which leads to the past movies, and Ceasars first word, which was covered in one of the first few movies. One of the things with this film is you really have to pay attention, small details that seem to pop up in random parts of the movie have major consequences later on. Usually I can find something wrong with a movie, especially inconsistencies, those little moments where you ask “What happened with this? Where did this guy go?” but they really keep track of all of them. I can’t find a single thing wrong with this, at first I thought I did, namely, how did they human race get wiped out, but wait a couple seconds after the credits start and they catch that as well. As for the music, also fantastic! So for the final review, go see this! It really is worth seeing in theaters. In all honesty, I will probably go see it again, that’s how much I enjoyed it.