The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
(number 487)

I’ve seen this movie once before, on the plane on the way to or from Japan and well, plane movies are never really properly appreciated are they? I really enjoyed watching this movie again.

It’s a clever film, setting up a lot of little hooks which can lead easily into sequels of the world ending (for humans) and also tying into the Planet of the Apes movies. Lots of chilling moments, and lots of demonstration of humans being jackasses to animals. Hi Tom Felton!

Does it make me love the people? Not really. You kind of get the impression that humans are awful and had it coming. It might make me love the apes a bit?

Bechdel test: Well…. no. No, I can’t say that it does. There are only two named female humans – a nursemaid who can’t effectively look after John Lithgow in his alzheimers state and the Love Interest. Points to the casting director for making her a woman of colour, and for making her smart, but she doesn’t really fulfill any role beyond love interest. Then there’s the one named female ape Bright Eyes, who reproduces and then dies, so…yeah. It’s a movie about some men and some male apes.

Best line:

“Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!”

State of Mind: Yus. Also sneezy. (But that’s hayfever I think, not the movie’s fault)

Excited for the sequel!

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