Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 ★★★★

What could have been an appalling mess in the way that Tim Burton’s film was, this series reboot is surprisingly well made and far more enjoyable than it perhaps has rights to be. While it has nods to the previous films it in no way bogs the film down under a weight of previous glories. Importantly, the reasoning behind the rise of the apes, as well as the logic behind the one ape of high intelligence leading the revolt, is explained in a manner that seems totally reasonable in logical terms the series lays down.
Most importantly though, for a film that examines ethics in the way the original series did, it manages to make you care. This is due in no small part to the superb performance of Andy Serkis, whose performance as Caesar takes the film beyond the realm of an action based blockbuster with moments that are genuinely touching. The worst criticism once could draw against the film is that while the motion capture works very well, the effects are at times a little too obviously CGI. However, the quality of the performance that it is replicating is such that this really isn’t an issue that nags at the viewer in the way it might for something like the jungle sequence in the 4th Indiana Jones film.

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