Thursday, April 14, 2011

Late Night Trailers: Rise of the Planet of the Apes



I am not a fan of monkeys and apes.  Similarly, I'm not so much a fan of humans.  It's that whole a person but  people thing.  The dislike of one runs into the other.  Yes, I don't find babies cute.  Yes, I think apes (chimps in particular) are fairly vile creatures.  Yes, I'm a terrible person.  Oddly, I think Gorillas are pretty alright.  Overall, I prefer to think of humans as closely related to lemurs.  Don't question it.  All that said, I have absolutely no problem with the old school, talking, planet conquering apes.  Roddy McDowall?  Whatever, sure.  Tim Burton?  No.  New version with James Franco doing science?  No.  Early evaluation:  this movie just looks ridiculous.  Apart from having James Franco as a scientist, it has a slow motion shot of an ape taking the stereotypical action leap towards a helicopter.  Also?  It apparently has no redeeming value to put forth other than that it's brought to us by WETA, who happened to do the effects on that other movie that was really big.  Right.  They also did the effects in Prince Caspian, and let's be honest: those were rather shit.  Not really looking forward to this, is what I'm trying to say...

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