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Planet of the Apes raises thought-provoking questions about our culture without letting social commentary get in the way of the drama and action.
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By its appeal to both the imagination and the intellect within a context of action and elemental adventure, in its relevance to the consuming issues of its time...Planet of the Apes is that rare film which will transcend all age and social groupings.
It is no good at all, but fun, at moments, to watch.
It's a film to see, all right, and it does confirm Schaffner's talent. It is only that one can now see more clearly the limits of that talent, limits which are much narrower than I had hoped.
As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us.
Planet of the Apes is an amazing film.
Planet of the Apes is one of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic.
Redefined forever going forward the notion of film-as-franchise that's so commonplace today.
Whether you've seen it 100 times or for the first time, that final shot is unforgettable, in both aesthetic and meaning. A perfect film.
Planet of the Apes is full of incidental intel- ligences. What it can't pull off is the essential science fiction trick of ,total persuasion.
For all its self-conscious thoughtfulness, it also works as a B-grade sci-fi film.
A pitch perfect science fiction film, that still conveys sharp social commentary...
As three scientists crash land on an unknown planet, they search for any living organism they can find in order to survive. However, they stumble upon something this is beyond anything they can imagine. They are now living among apes, who treat humans like humans treat animals. As ridiculous as the concept may seem, it feels real, due to Charlton Heston's great performance. This film is more of a realization and adventure film rather than an all out ape war with the title implies. I loved this film from beginning to end for not giving us gimmicks and sticking to a fantastically toned storyline. It's slow moving but extremely engaging and will have you on the edge of your seat at what is going to happen next. From action to adventure, from drama to science fiction, Planet of the Apes is an amazing film for it's time and should be remembered by everyone. This is a wonderful picture!
A classic that, unfortunately, does show its age, Planet of the Apes trucks with the big satires - think: Animal Farm - and is really about paradigm shifts and epistemological derivation of power in a society. It brings to mind especially the evolution vs. creation debates that some U.S. school boards are (somehow) still having. Charlton Heston borders on the ridiculous, but in another sense, this is an epic, like his other works - Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments - and so it requires that "big" approach. The ending is corny, but for the most part this is a well thought-out and valuable piece of speculative fiction, and a film I liked much more than its remake, which (unfortunately), I must now make myself rewatch.
Planet Of The Apes is a true science fiction movie classic that's intriguing political objection and interesting social commentary doesn't get in the way of engrossing drama and visually arresting action sequences. It never attacks you with it's debate or assault you with noisy gun fights, it's slow pacing and laid back attitude is the most likely cause of this but it's true purpose is to entertain and despite the pacing it never gets boring no matter how many times you see it.
An interesting critique of "civilized society" and one hell of an imaginative film with a great ending. But sadly, unable to really soar above Heston's gag-inducing expository monologues.
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