Just got back from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I loved it. I think it’s the best summer movie of the year so far. It’s ostensibly a summer popcorn movie, but to a large degree, it’s really a smaller, involving study of the rise of a radical revolutionary hero (named Caesar). As weird as it sounds, a CGI ape ends up being a mesmerizing character. The CGI is not perfect. You can tell it’s CGI, but it doesn’t matter because it’s so well executed in terms of story and emotional resonance. Andy Serkis did the motion capture, and his work makes the strongest argument I’ve seen yet for making motion capture performances eligible for Oscars.
The movie does a good job of making you sympathetic to Caesar and wanting him to succeed. I had a good theater, the crowd was really into it, really rooting for the apes, and audibly cheering and applauding at certain parts. The best reaction was to a scene where an ape abusing human character (played by Draco Malfoy at his sneering best), utters the classic line from the original Charlton Heston film. The line itself got a mere chuckle, but Caesar’s response to it took the roof off the place.
Definitely worth checking out. It’s smart and absorbing, builds tension slowly and culminates in a terrific action packed last act that never bogs down or gets boring.
who else has seen it?