You don't have to be familiar with the
1968 classic. They made this movie to stand on its own merits.
Those who know a little about the older
film will find great pleasure in the way they reshaped and structured
They created an amazingly believable world:
also the makeup and costumes are shockingly good. Even the apes
acted like apes.
With a touch of humor and somewhat serious
sci-fi/ adventure, monkeys are still always fun to watch.
Welcome to the 3rd talking animal film
of the summer.
There is going to be a lot of comparisons
and criticisms between the original and this remake. So let me
tell you straight out that Rick Baker's makeup is awesome, and
Tim Burton's direction is outstanding.
However, this is a retread of the original
film. As a matter of fact, some of the best lines are lifted
directly from the 1968 classic- complete with a contrived "twist"
But in a summer of disappointing blockbusters,
this still remains one of the best bananas in the bunch.
The human star in Planet of the Apes
is so bland; it's hard to care what happens to him in the film.
The production design, art direction, and
makeup are impressive, but the story is simplistic and dumb in
The main plot points are disappointingly
familiar from past ape pictures.
Without energy and joy from the star,
the movie just didn't work for me.