Oh hello blog. Long time no see.
The Planet of the Apes films perfectly illustrate the movie law of diminishing returns. The first film is an undoubted and much referenced classic, but it's sequels became increasingly ridiculous until the unnecessary Tim Burton reboot in 2001 put what seemed like the final nail in the simian coffin. Slinking in to the cinema with the somewhat unwieldy title Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt's second feature after prison-set modern classic The Escapist answers a question not many of us were asking. How did the apes take over in the first place ? And possibly, how long till Andy Serkis gets an Oscar for one of his motion-capture performances?
It would not be a surprise if this film leads to more Planet of the Apes films, if that is the case one can only hope that they continue the good work of this flawed but surprisingly high quality entry into the Apes canon.