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The 'Planet of the Apes' Movies

My Review


I've been a long time fan of the Planet of the Apes television series and movies. I looked at each of these movies with a critical, inquisitive eye. I was happy to hear about a remake being a fan of the original series. The original series left me with more questions.

The original series and movies have a place in my heart. The original series were hard to come by unless you were able to get the Syfy Channel or find something on Youtube. 

The first time I watched the original Planet of the Apes with Charleton Heston, it was amazing! You could tell it was a planet, but everything had changed. The more I watched, the more questions I had. How did this civilization come into play? How did Apes become 'masters' of this world where humans are almost extinct? As I started to watch the other movies, I continued to think about Cornelius and Zira giving birth to Caesar. It all made sense as Caesar continued to fight for himself and the humans living peacefully beside them in an ape village. Humans were a work force for the apes, but they were at least able to speak. 

Then comes a remake of Planet of the Apes. To be honest, I wasn't really a fan of this movie because, while it did have the apes, I personally didn't like the movie all that much. The ending was excellent, but we all had a question of what happened to the human that crash landed? What happened to him? We can only guess what happened to him. People would probably wonder why there wasn't a second Planet of the Apes movie with Mark Wahlberg. It would have had answers to what happened to him. But my guess is the ratings weren't that good for this movie. 

Then the newest Planet of the Apes movies came out. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes. These movies are more realistic to that of modern day apes and are more believable. Classics remade are sometimes the best way to introduce new, fresh ideas, but there are classics that shouldn't be remade because the people don't know the series. Plus, Andy Serkis is a good actor in these movies. He plays a good Caesar as Roddy McDowall did in the original series. 

This movie is an action packed war movie. Most of these movies focus on the survival of the apes and the humans portrayed in the movie. It is always an unsteady balance between apes and humans. 

War for the Planet of the Apes was the last movie in the installment. The war between humans and apes is pretty much ongoing, and it seems that the humans in this movie want to destroy the apes. It makes Caesar wants to press forward to confront the human responsible for his family's peril. Caesar doesn't want any other ape to come with him, but his council follows him regardless, adopting a girl in the process. 

Caesar and the others discover that his tribe is with the human he has vowed to stop at all costs. When he is captured, Maurice, Rocket, another ape, and Nova devise a plan to help the apes who are slaving away to build a wall against another army that is afraid of them. 

As things progressed, the apes manage to make their escape and Caesar leads his tribe away from all humans. However, while in a skirmish with an armed human with a crossbow, Caesar is fatally hurt, but leads his tribe to a different area that is paradise to them. Everyone is happy, but not so happy when Caesar could no longer lead them. It is now up to his son. 

This movie was great to watch. I would love to see another movie, involving his son and what happens to Nova.