Movie Review – The Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Posted: July 23, 2014 in Movie Reviews
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Why do they have so many ‘The’ in the title… its annoying.

Rise of Planet of Apes

Rise of the planet of the apes was like any other superhero movie where one gets super powers for the first time. And with great powers come great responsibility. Only difference here is the being which gets the super power is ape instead of human. Poets say that one can’t get tired of watching elephants and waves. But for me its monkeys. Monkeys are the only animal which is so awesome to watch. So I love watching chimpanzees, gorillas etc. As I’m not fond of pets, coming from me it’s a big compliment for those fellas.

James Franco is a brilliant actor who was fabulous in spider man. That guy is capable of doing great roles, sadly he gets confined to these small roles in blockbuster movies. But nevertheless he performs those roles with so much sincerity that you’d love him no matter what which side he’s on. Here too he performs his role to perfection with shades of grey and his constant confusion as to what to do with the drug. Every now and then a certain bit of villainy and confusion lures him which he brings out quite well. Like the time he gives the drug to his dad, when he takes the baby ape to home etc. These scenes would be easily overlooked so only a sincere person who knows that it’d be overlooked and in spite of that to act and excel was a great thing. Freida Pinto on the other hand looks quite sexy which was highly unexpected of her.

The film gets to the point right from the first scene. There isn’t any boring antiques about how it goes through the process. Right away we see an ape getting into the act. That’s how you do action movies. Get to the point straight away. And this movie being the first in series gets the luxury of a normal man becoming a superman, sorry, normal ape becoming a super ape. So those template scenes where the ape grows and the camera tracks it from one room to another finally leading to a place where the ape sees through the window came out good.

I liked how Caesar selects its symbol. First it draws the window symbol with a kind of heavy heart but ones it knows that its place is with the rest of the apes. It uses the same symbol to define them. That’s a nice little way to bring out the essence of the film.

Also for a moment when Caesar closes the door while Will tries to take him out. I thought he’s going to take revenge of him too but he doesn’t and also doesn’t kill anyone who hasn’t done him any harm. He was like the MGR of apes. Even though it was clichéd it was fun to watch the ape’s antiques.

The way Caesar gets to the asylum where he questions his identity and tries to fit in was a treat to watch. His various means to prove himself good and thus forming the don of the gang was again a great part of the story. But once they go on a rampage and try to escape, it was like any other film.

Also the climax I misunderstood. Instead of thinking that the virus is being spread I thought the monkeys are spreading throughout and causing rampage. The good thing about Caesar is he doesn’t want to rule the world but to lead a happy life like a middle class human being. That’s the maturity he gets with the virus. So Caesar when he says he’s home, he truly means it. James Franco does a great job even while smiling for Caesars reply.

Also the climax I misunderstood. Instead of thinking that the virus is being spread I thought the monkeys are spreading throughout and causing rampage. The good thing about Caesar is he doesn’t want to rule the world but to lead a happy life like a middle class human being. That’s the maturity he gets with the virus. So Caesar when he says he’s home, he truly means it. James Franco does a great job even while smiling for Caesars reply.

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