Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

MOVIE REVIEW: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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I'm a fan of the Apes franchise. The 1968 original is a science fiction masterpiece that actually manages to surpass the source material (but with such a deadly dull novel and a screenplay written by Rod Serling, this isn't hard). I liked the second and fifth movies (Beneath the Planet and Battle for the Planet), I loved the Apes TV series and I loved immensely the Tim Burton version (not a popular view, but it's mine). The third movie in the bunch (Escape from the Planet) is pretty boring and the fourth movie (Conquest of the Planet) was better, but still not quite Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet is basically a remake of the two movies that weren't that great to begin with.


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There is absolutely no need to remake Planet of the Apes. Arguably, I suppose, you could justify doing it if you wanted to stick close to the original novel, which was set in a high-tech future run by apes, but to be honest I'm not sure the novel is a better story, just a more involved one. The payoff gag in the original film - thought up by Rod Serling - is really superior to the one in the book.


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