It has been a long Summer with many terrible movies, some good, but no great ones. Until now. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is absolutely fantastic. And for any readers of this blog who are Tea Party members, no this is not a documentary about the 2008 Presidential Election. And please stop visiting my website.
I will start with the one negative and that is in casting. Everyone is good that is in the movie, but there were some missed opportunities. Ron Perlman of Sons of Anarchy and Patrick Ewing, former NBA star, could have both been in the movie (perhaps in the next Ape movie about a white-black buddy cop film about ape cops). But other than that there is really nothing bad to say about the film.
I don’t want to spoil anything in the movie, but it has a great pacing, the CGI work is incredible and the emotional work with the Apes, who are all CGI, is off the charts great. The plot is great and the movie moves along with an entertaining confidence. What I mean by that is the last 45 minutes of the movie are incredibly exciting and action packed, but the filmmakers and writers were not in any hurry to get there because they were doing such a good job establishing the story. It is two hours of steady and entertaining build up to an incredibly entertaining finish.
I will keep this review short because there is not much funny to say about it because it is so good.
Final Grade – A