Alexander's Review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Last night I finally got the chance to go see Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I was pleasantly surprised how much I found myself enjoying it.
Story: A spinoff and prequel of the original Planet of the Apes story that is much more action packed and exhilarating. The story begins with Will Rodman, James Franco, trying to get his newest drug, ALZ112 a drug supposed to help Alzheimers but also seems to be increasing intelligence, passed by the company he works for. During this presentation things go terribly wrong with his test subject Bright Eyes, but in the outcome of this he and his lab partner Franklin find a young baby ape, whom is our eventual uprising ape, Caesar. Will takes him into his home and essentially begins to think of Caesar as his son, but as he ages and his intelligence begins to rapidly increase Caesar believes that he is no more than a pet to Will. So begin his questions of freedom and uprising. The story is quick and well told, although it is told in a very predictable manner. I found myself at times already knowing for sure what the next scene was going to be. The ending however was rather good and definitely sets up for an eventual trilogy of these movies.
Acting: In my mind there was only one real great performance and one well done performance. The great on being that of Andy Serkis as Caesar and the well done being that of John Lithgow. Serkis has everything down from the movement to the looks its just an absolutely believable performance. Only if awards shows would give him some props but being in CGI motion capture the whole time doesn't sit well with them. But hey John Hurt was behind make up the whole time in Elephant Man and they gave him some recognition. Bad comparison?
Technical Aspects: The movies greatest achievement comes from its technical crew as the editing, camera work, and especially the special effects are top notch. In a world where special effects now seem to rule movies, these special effects are above the standard as I found myself at times knowing that they were special effects but hard pressed to believe it. Expect some awards this award season, but what would you expect from the people who did movies like Lord of the Rings and Avatar.
Any Issues?: Just a few and I mentioned one earlier. One issue I had was its predictability of the storytelling as I found myself knowing what was going to happen next. Also I feel they under used their talented cast and almost used all of them as character actors. The only real character I cared for was Caesar, but again maybe that was the point. Besides these two complaints everything else was great.
Dunn's Verdict: A nice surprise action reboot that will spawn a trilogy undoubtedly, but with how good the technical aspects and performance by Serkis was, this reviewer is excited to see what else is in store for the series.
4 out of 5
Until Next time.