In many ways the original Planet Of The Apes movies were the benchmark for the Hollywood love of sequel’s, especially for popular movies that made a lot of money. So when people complain that today’s movies are too entwined with remakes and sequels, we always must remember that this is not a new phenomenon, as remakes and sequels have filled our screens throughout the last 100 years of film.
As far as reboots and squeals go in recent times, the pinnacle series to date has been The Dark Knight trilogy, but you get the feeling these new Planet Of The Apes movies might be on the same path. The first did good business, and was much beloved, and the hype around this sequel was even greater, and with even bigger box-office numbers coming in, this looks like it will spawn even more films and even more love from the audience.
I really liked the first one, and was able to watch it a couple days before the sequel with my girlfriend, as she had never seen it before, and it just reconfirmed how damn good that film was. Not only that, it got me even more pumped to see what happens in the next chapter of the story. So as soon as the next date night rolled around, I grabbed my girl and we were off to the movies, both excited to see what happened to Cesar and his people.
The sequel itself went in a very interesting direction by moving forward 10 years, and removing all human characters that turned up in the first film, which worked really well, and shows Hollywood is capable of making smart blockbusters. Not only that, there was a heap of subtitles, as the apes mostly communicated with sign language, and thus once again treating the audience as smart, as normally Hollywood doesn’t think the mass market likes to read text in a movie.
The action was pretty awesome, the tension was thick, and the evolving story of the apes and Cesar is just damn interesting, as we technically know where it’s going, from what the first movies showed, but knowing how they got there is still a mystery. The acting and CG was also amazing, and I still wonder how long it will be until an actor gets nominated for their work in a film like this, as once again it was a tour de force from Andy Serkis.
9 out of 10 from me!!!