Friday, August 12, 2011

Movie Review - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Well if you'd ever wondered what possible, albeit improbable, sequence of events could have lead to an Earth populated by horse-riding, Roman-inspired, English-speaking, tactically-aware chimpanzees and gorillas, look no further.

Proposing tha
t a combination of greed, compassion, corporate callousness, cruelty and carelessness combine to deliver a world-changing situation to our tree-dwelling kin this is an interesting and deeply enjoyable movie.

The phrase which kept leaping into my mind as I watched the excellent Andy Serkis playing Caeser the lead simian was 'a very human film' not in a soppy way but nicely contrasting many of the aspects of both good and bad of our species but then holding up a chimp-shaped mirror to those same strengths and weaknesses.

There is no doubt that the lessons and tricks that Serkis and the CGI team learned with Gollum and King Kong are beautifully played back in this film, no-one overacts, the performances, both ape and human, (John Lithgow and David Oyelowo deserve mention and Frieda Pinto is very pretty) are very nicely judged and the pace is ideal. The storyline, whilst well structured and (as with all prequels) predictable delivers a few surprises and some feelgood and feelbad moments.

I was originally in two minds about this movie, but I'm glad that both Mrs Stuffy and I chose to go, we are, unusually, as one on this, damn fine film, very much worth the trip, the tickets and the fact that it was my turn to sit next to the wierdo.

An heroic haiku, a poem of primates...?

Apes taking over?
You almost feel they deserve

The chance to have a go



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