August 11, 2011

10 Reasons Why You Should See RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

If you have told me a a month ago that I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about excellent film "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," I would have told you had gone to bananas (first & last time I will make any monkey reference, I swear). But the fact of the matter is, this movie is the shit, and why it make take some convincing to get you to go see a movie where the primates take over, here are ten reasons why you should go.

  1. In a summer where character comes second to chaos of the special effects variety, Caesar, the protagonist (that's him above) is easily the best character of the summer. The film is clearly his story and his rise from a cute "curious george" esque baby monkey to a ruthless ice cold revolutionary leader is the more satisfying that you can imagine and needs to be seen to be believed.
  2. Most people don't know the name Andy Serkis but have seen his work on screen in some of the biggest movies to come out in the last ten years. He did the "motion capture" work as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" (and the upcoming "The Hobbit") and the big boss ape himself in "King Kong." He is the heart and soul of "Apes" and his motion capture work so good he's generating Oscar buzz. A big part of the reason it's so realistic is that "Apes" was the first film to have motion capture actors on location, instead of on a sound stage (see above right).
  3. Readers will know that I'm all about the "Oh Shit Moments" (OSMs for short) and this film has more than any other this summer by a longshot. The most delicious part is that they are of the action and character variety. No spoilers but you'll KNOW em when you seem em.
  4. It's the creative welcoming party for director Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt's last film was the rarely seen prison escape film "The Escapist," and "Apes" is his big studio reboot for Fox. With this incredible film now getting rave reviews, his next one will be huge. The last British director with this trajectory: Christopher Nolan. Simply but for all you SAT analogy junkies Nolan : Wyatt as "Batman Begins" : "Apes"
  5. For the fellas: Freida Pinto. For the ladies: James Franco 
  6. A simple yet engaging topical story. By now the plot of the testing on apes which leads to super smart primate apes which leads to revolution is known, but that doesn't detract from how well it works. In a summer where plots involve alien robots secret allegiances with humans, each other, and their automotive identities, a straight forward steam rolling plot is a welcome gift to the audience.
  7. For all you Harry Potter junkies out there who need a fix, Tom Felton, who plays Draco is in the film basically playing the same asshole character.
  8. I've never seen any of the original films and I totally enjoyed this one. No prior apes experience necessary.
  9. In some ways the film is really a gangster picture in the manner of "The Godfather" or "Scarface," with Caesar as the underdog who rises up. The scenes of Caesar getting his allegiances on point and dealing with his enemies are the best in the film and as Cee-Lo and many twitter users point out are just straight GANGSTA
  10. It's a moving story. Unlike other summer flicks it makes you feel for Caesar and his struggles which is unique in the summer where the only emotion is "ohhh shit sonn." As in "ohhhhh shiiiitttt Optimus just sliced that metal tentacle in half or ohhhhh shitttt look at the coin move in in slow motion." The combination of story, acting, directing, and everything else just makes you feel!

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