Rewatched Jul 21, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
Oh, he's a smart one, isn't he?
Now this is how you reboot a franchise. I didn't care much for Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes for various reasons, the main one being I didn't think it was a very good film. It's the third film in a week from Burton that I mention not liking, I'd just like to say that I actually like the rest of his filmography quite a bit.
First of all the reason I love this movie so much is because of the genius in the simplicity of the story they chose to tell. The problem with remaking the original film is that everyone knows the twist at the end, even if they've never seen the movie people have heard how it ends. If you remake the original story you end up with a film built upon a twist ending that the audience is already in on no matter what the filmmakers intentions are. The only way around it is to change the ending which would piss off fans and change the entire dynamic of the film. It's a no win situation.
The reason I said genius in the simplicity of the story they chose is because it was a stroke of genius to go the simple root. Someone realized that it was almost impossible to do a good film with a remake and actually put some thought into it and choose to tell a story that six prior films and two tv series skipped over. It was the simplest solution of all, tell the story of how it all happened.
The script itself I think is just great really. They made me care about a CGI ape named Caesar. His character arc is what really makes this film so good. It's also the biggest surprise of the film, because you just expect Hollywood studios to make a big action movie out of something like this. You don't expect them to give you a thoughtful film that takes it's time to give character development to an ape. I'm also happy that Andy Serkis received a lot of attention when this film came out. Considering how many films he's worked on and what little name recognition he receives for it, needless to say it was well deserved. It was one of the most pleasant surprises at the theater in 2011.