Yes I love apes and anything belonging to the Ape family but having watched the TV series as a wide-eyed youngster, the Tim Burton re-make of the 1960s film didn’t entice me into the cinema.
When I was in single digits, a human talking from inside an ape costume was still impressive but now, I expect more and quite frankly, I expect film makers to have actually taught apes to talk. With this the apparent prequel, what happens in the setting of modern day San Francisco is our leading ape, Caesar is taught sign language.
The story is of a well-meaning scientist, Will Rodman (James Franco) experimenting on apes to find a way of healing brain disorders in humans. He has a particular interest in this project as his own father is wasting away with Alzheimer’s but before he can get the medication to him, the apes cause havoc in the lab and the project is pulled and the apes put down. All but one, the newborn, Caesar.
Caesar is taken home partly for his own safety and Rodman continues his work to positive results until one day Caesar is taught about his past and eventually, wanting to go outside, causes havoc protecting Rodman senior (John Lithgow). He is taken to a sanctuary AKA ape prison and for the first time realises where he comes from and [edits out 218 unnecessary words] hence the eventual uprising.
I so want to live in a world where apes live in our homes, come to coffee shops, play football etc etc. I really don’t understand why this isn’t so.
I’m looking forward to the next instalment.
Smile factor 9.5/10