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Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This movie continues to look better than it has any right to be. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, and starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis as Caesar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on August 5. (via Coming Soon)

Were any of your guys Planet of the Apes fans as kids, like I was? (Am, I suppose.) What do you think?

8 Responses to “Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    count me in!

  2. Sadly I have to admit I’ve only ever seen the awful 2001 “re-imagining.” This does look interesting, for me it’ll really be a “wait until reviews come out” choice on whether or not I see it.

    • I kind of liked the “re-imagining,” up until that nonsensical twist ending.

      The originals are pretty awesome, for the most part. You should definitely see the first two or three. The other two are kind of shaky. (At best.)

  3. I was skeptical at first, but like you said…it just keeps looking better and better.

  4. Arkonbey says:

    Looks slow and boring to me. It might make a decent short, but the premise feels a bit slim for a feature. Plus, I’m slowly getting fed up with CGI. Sure, it looks wicked real and that’s cool but, for me, any sense of wonder gets lost when there’s no “How the heck did they do that?” moment.

    • Is it really important to have that sense of wonder? I mean, I love that stuff, too, but special effects are at their MOST effective when they’re invisible. When you’re NOT wondering how they did it, but just caught up in the story. Ultimately, the most important (and cheapest) special effect in any movie is a good script.

      • Arkonbey says:

        You’re absolutely correct, the best SFX are invisible and the script is the most important (“Moon” jumped into my mind just now as an example of both being true)

        However, *trying to keep it short* if the film is actually trying to wow me either with a stunt or a set piece, the sense of wonder of seeing a wonderful thing is, for me, accentuated by the ‘how did they do that’ question. As dated as it looks, I find the makeup for the original PotA more impressive than the CGI of RotA)

        We’re edging into “over a beer” territory and I’m not going to be a comment hog.