Rise, Thou Ape

  Rise of The Planet of The Apes delivers. It’s the best summer action-type movie of 2011 so far (though I haven’t seen too many because I could tell most of them suck). It could have been completely stupid, but it’s an engaging, tense movie that builds to an action packed climax of unadulterated entertaining mayhem, and I look forward to the sequel.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is fun if you don’t take it seriously. I suspect the purist will scoff at the creation of an entirely new Planet of The Apes that has no connection to any of the previous Ape movies. But those fans probably take Doctor Who seriously, too.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John’s, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

5 Replies to “Rise, Thou Ape”

  1. I recently watched the original “Planet of the Apes” from 1968. It’s a juvenile level allegory, passable for junior high school kids, but not exactly sophisticated adult entertainment. It’s on par with the worst episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series, but with more money for make-up and costumes. It’s hard to believe it came out the same year as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and I think it even beat out “2001” for make-up effects. The apes talk like puppets, but somehow that wasn’t considered completely laughable, somehow more impressive than the proto-humans in “2001.”

    I even tried to watched the second ape movie, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” but it was just to dumb. I gave up about 20 minutes into it. The fifth and last ape movie was made around 1973.

    • I don’t think you’re the only one who laughed. That could be the tipping point for the sequel, when the apes talk. Who the hell ‘s going take that seriously? That’s half the reason the original movies were such a joke.

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