Friday, August 05, 2011

Escape to the Movies: "Rise of The Planet of The Apes"

It's monkey-tastic! For more monkey movies, check out "Intermission."


Reverend Allan Ironside said...

WHEW! I'm glad to hear this. I was telling all the people I knew who were sneering at this film "Damn, the criticism, I want to see monkies tear shit up."

Nice to know it at least isn't a stinker and does everything I want from a genre film and an Apes flick (still love the movies)

Nick M said...

Wow. I didn't realize when I asked what you thought that you would show your opinion of Patrick Dempsey for Doctor Strange in an Escapist movie review. I just about fell out of my chair laughing.

Great to hear the movie [Rise of the Planet of the Apes] is good.

O.T said...

I wasn't going to see this at first since I've never been a big monkey fan, but now I might go just to flip off the aggravating piss-ants in your comment section this week.

People wont even give it a chance because they wont let the story tell itself. Infuriating.

David (The Pants) said...

I was on the fence about this movie, and that usually means I'm probably not going to see it, but now I'm wanting to go. Nice to see Tom Felton, that was a bit of a surprise; I like the idea of seeing him in more stuff.

Chris Cesarano said...

Huh, didn't realize that was Draco Malfoy. I'd wonder if we'll be seeing him in more genre films after getting his start with Harry Potter, but honestly, it feels like every major movie lately has been a genre film.

I've been unsure about this as the first trailer was so laughably bad, but the second trailer was actually interesting. It's good to hear that there's more to it than meets the eye. I'll see if I can give it a view this weekend (I've always loved the original, and didn't even mind Tim Burton's to be quite honest. No, it didn't live up to the original, but it was enjoyable enough...then again, now that I'm older I may feel different).

Philbo said...

The big problem I have with this movie (being too young to have given two shits about the originals) is the very premise. Intelligent or not, the population of Apes today is nowhere near high enough for a revolution, especially started in America where there are more guns than people.

300lbs and able to tear you apart? Who cares? A boy with a 9mm Pistol still wins.

Ralphael said...

Your video review made up for the fact that you described this movie as monkey-tastic

Dav3 said...


That exact though has been a stumbling block for me since the first trailer came out. I just can't figure out any way to get past it.

If there are realistic numbers of apes, then there simply aren't enough of them.

If there's somehow 50,000 of them in San Fransisco, then how did they get there?

Even if there are somehow enough apes, how does Caesar instantly make them all as smart enough to avoid simply getting gunned down?

It's a problem that just seems to get worse with every possible explanation. The whole premise ultimately seems lose-lose to me

I have the same problem with the money shot. I can't get that excited about a gorilla attacking a helicopter because there is no plausible explanation as to why the helicopter is close enough to be attacked by gorilla.

The whole trailer just reeks of "because that's what would be most exciting"-logic, and that always turns me off.

Anonymous said...

Nope not convinced, I still don't want to see this movie...

CraftyAndy said...

@raphael yeah I agree, should of used MOnkey-rifick.
One of the best films this year I think.

CrunchyEmpanada said...


That's one of the things Conquest of the Planet of the Apes did very well. Well, that movie did a lot of things well. It's actually my favourite of the original Planet of the Apes movies. But anyway, there was an at least semi-believable reason why there were so many apes that they could take over with revolution. A reason this one doesn't have.

I don't know why I looked at this review. I don't know why I keep looking at reviews by Bob. I've increasingly grown to disagree with Bob about films, all his biases are the opposite of mine (seriously, I HATE monkeys, HATE dogs, hate big monsters, lesbians annoy me just as much as any other gratuitous sex scenes, etc etc.)

Point being, I can agree this movie was good, but I just hate the review anyway because Bob has a monkey fetish and had to throw it around. I guess it goes with that oft lobbed criticism of Bob constantly shoving his hangups down our throats.

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Anonymous said...

There's an explanation for how they win in the film but it requires several of the characters (who if they were real life people would know better) to carry the idiot ball.

It's the same problem I had with 28 days later, the kickoff of plot relies on unrealistic stupidity.

JP said...

For reasons already stated, I also have zero desire to see this movie. It makes no sense that being smart would exponentially increase their reproduction speed, or that an army of apes could ever just come out of nowhere without being noticed beforehand.
I also think that the whole "gorilla vs helicopter" shot looks really, REALLY stupid. When you factor in that the first 90+ minutes is so slow going I have zero reason to get excited about this.