17 Aug Rise of the Planet Of The Apes Review
The Evolution becomes revolution. Some say it’s tacky but i like the line..
The Movie Brief:
The start of it all. The Rise of The Planet of The Apes is exactly that. How it all began. The birth of Caesar and the virus that caused the monkeys to become smarter. It was suppose to be an antidote to cure Alzheimer’s, instead it revolutionised the brains of apes.
“A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other — and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. — (C) Official Site”
Food for Thought:
There’s a line in the film saying this , Caroline: Some things aren’t meant to be changed! And that’s true, isn’t it. Scientist just love to muck around with things that are against nature. You just never know what you’re playing or dealing with. Something for you to chew on, this is yet another film that speaks about how humans mistreat their closes relative, the chimpanzee. Chimpanzees are used in clinical trials since they are the closes to our homo sapien breed. I’m against cruelty to animals and clinical trials where animals are mistreated is no different from that of those abusing say a dog on the street.
Caesar rebels to liberate himself and the other abused members of the ape community. Seriously if just say one day, there really such a thing whereby the brain cells in chimps can become as intellectual as our human brain, i wouldn’t want to imagine the war they may rage against us.
The Show Stealer:
Nothing wrong with any of the other actors that all gave a stellar performance of course. But the show stopper of the film has to be, the one and only Andy Serkis – who once again gives a master class in expressive, nuanced, powerful physical acting. Serkis creates a complex character, one who is monstrous and yet completely earns the sympathies of the audience. Amazing! His transformation as Caesar, from an innocent childlike demeanor that is submissive and questions his being to the fearless formidable bad ass rebel leader is genuinely rousing. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has called him the “Charlie Chaplin of our time,” strong praise indeed.
Serkis himself said, “I never considered (performance capture) anything else but live action acting,” also telling NPR, “With performance capture, if you don’t get the performance on the day, you can’t enhance the performance. I think there is a woeful lack of understanding from the acting community. The tool is nothing more than another way of recording an actor’s performance.”
It is in the news that Serkis’s performance is Oscar worthy! woot! wow just watching the behind the scenes of how Serkis works in the mocap suits gives me goosebumps. Just like how Avatar did, because i myself was involved with motion capture for 2 years, hence i understand how difficult it is to perform in a motion capture suit.
For a film that is heavily reliant on CGI, i think the award winning CGI house, also the animation house of Kong, did a wonderful job. The apes were all so realistic enough that you were able to connect on a human level with them.
I don’t fully recall the old version of Planet of The Apes, but from what a friend of mine told me. There are quite lot of small references to the old movie. For those who have seen the original Planet of the Apes, i would say you can relate to the film better than i can.
Love These Moments:
Cure for Alzheimers a very personal matter for Will. You have to love James Froncos performance as a man who’s tired cause of his father john lithgow who seems to be growing troubling times in his old age. Hr gives his dad a dosage in hopes that it will help his memory. I relate to it a bit. He can immediately play back the music pieces.
Patrick Doyle s music composition is fab. Uplifting and filled.with emotion. The strings is enough to give you tension.
I’m very touched by the tender moments between father and son are touching, which is also shown between Will and Ceasar.Feelings of betrayal. Is seen on Ceasar’s face. The turn from being sweet to a chimp that’s angry and filled with vengeance.
The start where he is sorry for having harmed a human. Ceasar goes to hug on to Charles.
Here he now realises that humans can’t be trusted and he has to fend for himself. As long as you place Andy Serkis into a monkey suit and some CGI, you know it’s going to be a great performance. Remember him in Lord Of The Rings as Gollum? Fantastic stuff.
Finally he turns cold towards “humanity”, refuses to go “home” with Will and has turned into an ape that is fighting for his rights and for his species.
The scene with the ape saying Will should date Caroline is really sweet and adorable. All this is done in sign language by the way, which makes all the more interesting to watch. The orang utan speaking in.sign is funny but impressive.
Amusing that when Caeser stands up, he’s as tall as James Franco.
Tom Felton plays, yet another malfoy. No magic wand, this time he holds an electric stick and a hose to provoke the apes.
Hate these moments:
A couple of things. How in the world, did the number of apes suddenly grow from the 20 odd plus to a humongous group. Sure there was some footage that showed they went from one zoo to another, but i think there was a misguided connection on that part. Plus i couldn’t get over the fact, that there only seemed to be on neighbourhood throughout the entire movie and that was the place where Caesar grew up with Will. I’m sure there could’ve been other places to show the apes going through the trees.
[xrr overall rating=4/5]
See it / Skip it:
Some say it is the best film out of all the blockbusters.. hmm I still prefer Captain America to this film. but it was still very very entertaining and you shouldn’t miss out on this film. As i read in one review, you know a movie is working when the most emotional moments happen between two apes communicating through sign language and you can understand their struggles. Now that’s a worthy film to watch! Fantastic stuff for a prequel and i can’t wait for the next installment!
Tell me what you think. Did this movie meet to your expectations?