Planet of the Apes was a french book released in 1963 that asked big interesting questions: Would Humanity eventually be bested by a similar yet inferior species, or would Humanity destroy itself?
Seeing obvious potential, 20th Century pictures acquired the rights to make a film, the result has spawned one of Science-Fiction's most iconic pictures of all time, and released countless sequel's, a remake in 2001 and a prequel in 2011 (One which i am eagerly waiting to see).
George Taylor (Charlton Heston) and his astronaut friends get lost in space and eventually land on a deserted planet, after traveling far they are eventually attacked and seperated and awake to end up in the hands in Intelligent Apes who on this planet have supassed humans, Taylor who is temporarily muted, becomes the subject of cruelty to both the Apes and the caged Humans (which lack intelligence and even the ability to speak), eventually Taylor regains his voice to the shock of the Apes who still see him a threat due to "Man's Nature to Destroy Everything" facing a trail which will inevitably lead to Lobotomy, Taylor manages to escape with the Aid of 2 Chimpanzee's and goes on his quest to find anything of comfort or use, ultimately building up to an ending so shocking it has became one of the most iconic scenes in cinema.
For a film that came out now 43 years ago, i was blown away watching this recently, i was laying in my bed immediately watching it and an hour after finishing i was thinking how incredible this movie is even now....
Charlton Heston is fantastic as out-of-his time character George Taylor, Constantly questioning the Apes much to their arrogance and annoyance, Linda Harrison is just as iconic as "Nova" who does so well even though she doesn't have one
line of dialogue, and of course the show stealer was Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans) constantly arrogant even though he's entire beliefs are constanly being destroyed by Taylor's actions.
The Special effects at the time, where considered brilliant and famously went through alot of people before final decisions, considering how laughable they really look by todays standards, even to this day i still enjoy watching them, The shot's in the desert are bleak and harsh and when the screenplay was co-written by ROD SERLING! (The Guy who made "The Twilight Zone", one of the greatest televison shows of all time) It's so easy to see why this film has stood the test of time.
If anything at least,i loved how easy it is a access this film, anyone seeing this version can see where Tim Burton's version went wrong, Wheareas the Humans in this movie have become dumb, stupid and uncontrollable over the years, it makes sense that the apes would treat them like animals, the Remake has the human's talking fluent enough to maake some kind of argument, BUT NEVER SPEAK!
Final Verdict: A Brillant classic piece of Science-Fiction, that will stand the test of time for countless years to come.
Again I truly cannot wait for "Rise".