rise of the planet of the apes - so, as a long time, original 'seen-it-in-the-theaters' apes fan...i was sooo trepitant about this one that it took me a month to set time aside and dig up the courage to go see it
i am, these days, ambivilent about the tim burton version, and couldn't envision why the studio, having sit on the supposedly well-though of script "caesar' for quite a while now, would finally go ahead, especially with a relatively untried director.
...and then there was the cgi trauma to deal with: i am not a fan; used in small doses it can add immeasurable scenic moments...used prolifically, it can be as cheezy as a '50's blue-screen fiasco...
but, everyone, including my kids, were coming back and saying it was pretty darned good...so, it became time to swallow my fear and just see the dang, dirty thaing:
i needn't have worried.
first: the cgi was okay, i've seen alot worse, and it was used, for the most part, rather effectively.
true, there were moments that were irksome, but they never lasted long and did not subtract from the experience: more importantly, the lead character (all cgi caesar: played thru motion capture by andy "i'm virtually unknown ' serkis), was a great and interesting character to watch.
with that, biggest of boogie men, out of the way....how, say you, was the story?
did it fit into the established apes lore ?
well it was a surprisingly solid, very s.f. kind of tale: a little long in the narrative, it took it's time to get where it was going, but, at least it did so with style; all involved brought the right amount of gravitas to thier parts, whether acting, directing or in the special effects.
all in all, it is a tight little sci-fi thriller.
it does not necessarily enter the arena of apedom with a pedigree that makes it in any way easy-to-fit into the timeline of the originals, but, having things make sense on the planet of the apes is like asking why anyone would ever wear a red shirt on star trek, no ?
it should be enough, then, to say that i am looking forward to the very inevitable sequel...if i were to give it a rating, it'd be a solid four stars out of five..a summer film that lives up to its hype, all while being somewhat thought-provoking
at the end of the end it's the start of a journey to a much better place and this wasn't bad so a much better place would have to be special...no need to be sad...