Thursday, August 1, 2013

My review of the Plant of the Apes films

My review of the Plant of the Apes films 




Plant of the Apes:  I remember seeing this film on TV it was during the time when Tim Burton's awful remake was coming out. Despite the fact that this series lost it’s popularity after Star Wars was released I’m surprised that no one talk about this movie, I mean it had four sequels, two shows and tons of merchandise. It’s a shame that this happened because this series is kind of a forgotten gem; also this movie is remembered for its campiness. This movie is about three astronauts who crash landed on a plant that is ruled by intelligent apes. This movie reminds me of an episode of the Twilight Zone. I like that this movie does a role reversal, I mean the apes treat the humans the way humans treat animals. This movie has a good twist, I think this movie holds up well because of the mystery surrounding that twist and the apes. This movie deals with discrimination, prejudice and more, these were big issues at that time and there still are. I like the changes they made from the novel because the hi-tech future is a little for fetch to me. The problem I have with this movie is there are things in this movie that are mature for the movies rating.   
Rating = Treasure Chest

Beneath the plant of the Apes: The plot is this another astronaut crash landed on the plant of the apes, seriously who is training these astronaut Mr. Magoo? This is what happens when you make a sequel without planning it ahead, this was a rehash. Well that was the first half of the movie; the second half is about is about the gorilla army going to war in the forbidding zone why I don’t know. The plot is contrived why would they go to the forbidding zone, I mean it’s called that for a reason. I like that we see more of the forbidding zone, however this was a case of less is more. You can argue that this ending is more shocking then the previous one I wouldn’t have mind that this movie explores the plant of the apes if we had gotten more back story on how we got from point a to point b.  
Rating = Rental
Escape from the plant of the Apes: This is a worthy sequel to this series. This film is centered on the two main chimpanzees characters from the previous films name Zira and Cornelius, they traveled back in time to the year 1973 why sorry I don’t want to spoil the pervious film for y’all. This movie reminds me of Crocodile Dundee, as far as the main characters trying to fit in with society. This movie latterly borrows elements for the first film, if you watch this film and the first one you will see the similarities. However the writers did something different with those elements. I like the villain Dr. Otto Hasslein, because he reminds me of Dr. Zaius from the first film as far as him working against the main characters. I understand why he is doing what he’s doing however I don’t sympathize with him; also he was mentioned in the last two films that was a nice nod to continuity. The problem I have with this film is the premise is forced, you will see what I mean when you watch the movie. Another problem I had is the story of how the apes became intelligent; I mean it doesn’t match with what we learned in the first film. The fans compliant about how goofy this movie was that only lasted until half way thought the movie and things get ugly. I give the writers credit for coming up with a clever way to continue the story.
Rating = Worth Seeing 

  
Conquest of the plant of the Apes: The plot of the movie takes place almost twenty years after the events of the previous film, a disease killed all the dogs and cats on earth. So the humans uses Apes as pets what’s wrong with having birds as pets, meanwhile a chimpanzee name Caesar don’t like how the apes are being treated so he and the apes fight back. Basically this movie is kind of like Gladiator but with chimpanzees and not as good. This movie is ridicules; I mean who in their right minds would want go into restaurants, stores and solons that are run by apes? That is naughty, the humans don’t real want the chimpanzees as pet they want them as slaves. Also how can Caesar communicate with the apes, I mean he is the only one that can talk. I wish this movie would develop the relationship between Caesar and the other apes. Another problem I had with this movie is the main character Caesar; I mean he created continuity issues. The way this movie ended is weird original the ending for this movie was suppose to be violent but the studios wanted a happy ending, the way this movie ended is going to hurt the next film.          
Rating = Rental
Battle for the plant of the Apes: This movie was a waste of space, I mean they could have made this film a prequel to the first film. This film takes place over ten after the events of the pervious film, Caesar and the apes are living a peaceful life. Meanwhile the humans want to start trouble for the apes and Caesar has to deal with the gorilla army. The problem I had with this movie is that the apes can talk how did that happen? I mean Caesar is the only chimpanzee that can talk. I hear in production the explanations for that have to do with the ape’s brains starting to grow over time, I wish we got that explanation. Also where did the orangutans come from, I don’t remember seeing them in the previous films. The continuity issues in this movie are driving me nuts. This movie feels like a TV show then a movie. Despite my problems I did enjoy this film even thaw this movie adds nothing to this series and it raise more question then answers. I also like the orangutan characters in this movie, because they are Caesar's voice of reason. Plus I also like the action scenes. I will give them credited for trying to connect to the first two films.   
Rating = Rental


2001 Plant of the Apes: This movie should have been called Humans vs Apes or humans rising against Apes, I know those titles are lame but I’m trying to cope here. This film is about an astronaut name Leo who crash landed on a plant that is inhabited by talking Apes, the Apes use the human as slaves with Leo’s help and the help of other Apes the humans start to fight back. You call this a remake or reimagining, I mean Mark Wahlberg is playing the main character, the humans can speak and y’all ruined some of the classic lines from the original film. Escape from the plant of the apes was a better remake then this. It’s a good thing I didn’t see this movie in theaters. I knew this movie was going to be bad because this movie was directed by Tim Burton; Most of Mr. Burton's films are bizarre to me. There are moments in the film where the movie try's to make the apes seem sexy, Mr. Burton you are a sick man. The actors and addresses that portrayed the Apes did a good job well for the most part, the human actor and actresses I can’t say the same. The plot in this movie may some sound simple but it’s not and the twist in this movie is a joke. A minor problem I have with this movie is the Apes helmets makes them look like coneheads, also one ape looks like the late Michael Jackson. This movie don’t look like it was made on a 100 million dollar budget, did they spend half the budget on the cameo appearances of the star’s from the original films? The good thing I can say about this movie is the prosthetic makeup and I did get a few laughs not because I thought the movie was funny.  
Rating = Trash      

Rise of the planet of the Apes: This is another good example of how to restart a film series, however the trailers for this movie gave away most of the plot of the film. This film is about a chimpanzee name Caesar who became intelligent after being tested with a drug that can cure Alzheimer's disease. I like the character Caesar because he is more human than any of the human characters, the reason I said that because the way he cares for his owner and his fellow species. The relationship Caesar has with his owner reminds me of the Curious George story. I was really impressed by Andy Serkis performance as Caesar, because he used facial expressions to act. There were some references to Plant of the apes and elements from the fourth film, in fact this was a remake of the fouth movie. This is another film that can generate interesting conversions, like how should we treat animals if they are just as intelligent as humans? Caesar shouldn’t be that anger at humans because animals get more justice than humans do. The problems I have with this movie are the plot holes and I wish I understood what was going on between Caesar and the other apes. This is good reboot or prequel to this franchise.   
 Rating = Treasure Chest

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