Celebrate Planet of the Apes

It is high time to get another franchise of the Planet of the Apes movie. From what I hear, this is a great franchise that deserves all the money it is going to get.

Just, not yet. Call me a lazy movie buff, and I will take it.

I fondly remember the original Planet of the Apes. Those were the times that I was starting to get some exposure to the sci-fi genre. No, I am not that old, but was in middle-class India of the 90s. Until Star Movies, we were very much in the dark about all things Hollywood except an occasional Super Man.

Back to Planet of the Apes story.

First, there was the shock of apes ruling the roost. And then there was the cinematic experience of sitting through the entire movie thinking about the “reverse evolution”, only to find out something else altogether in the end. It was a thrilling to journey say the least.

I miss the more innocent times – sometimes.

What makes this scene stick (in addition to being really well made) was the number of parodies and funny clips that embedded this for the maximum effect.

Then came the dawn of sequels, prequels, and more of “same in different avatars”. There were number of those and then there was the TV series, but I will fast forward to the current generation – specifically the 2001 version.

Planet of the the Apes is the kind of a movie where you loose a wee bit interest if you know how the movie is going to end. That takes the fun out to some extent, but the “re-imagined” version in 2001 was average by any means. This trailer from Screen Junkies summarize all that action in one honest review.

Needless to say, this review will entertain you more than the movie itself. Unfortunately, you need to see the movie first to fully enjoy the review. A chicken-egg story there, but you will get it.

The “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in 2011 was slightly improved in story-telling. This behaves like a true prequel and you just know how stupid humans start committing their first few mistakes – all in good intent.

Jump to 2014, and now we have Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We are now seeing in front of our very eyes how the human race is on its way to becoming dumber, and the apes starting to wrest more control.

Film buffs can now trace the timeline of the rising of the apes through the next few sequels until they are no more prequels to the original Planet of the Apes. They can also look forward to “invest” more of their time waiting for the sequels, and gather all the collectibles that there are to collect in the meanwhile.

What an exciting world this.

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