I know it has been a while since I posted anything at all. I have been quite busy with a move and working 40+ hours a week at a new job. It’s been quite hectic. I never got around to seeing the Daniel Craig/Harrison Ford starring engine known simply as Cowboys and Aliens due to time constraints. I still haven’t seen the wonderful David Tennant in Fright Night (which in the new area is only in 3-D). Tonight’s viewing pleasure was the big screen adaptation of what is a prequel to one of Hollywood’s longest running franchises. I have never seen any of the original Planet of the Apes films nor have I sat through the Tim Burton helmed, Mark Whalberg starring engine that came out at the turn of the century but I was skeptical about the James Franco led vehicle.
Needless to say the trailers featuring the CGI apes destroying the Bay Area enticed me so seeing the film became a slight must as time wore on. The ultimate question in my mind is how the prequel would tie up an already convoluted yet unsure premise of how the apes took over the world. Although skeptical at first about the entire idea of trying to reboot an old franchise based off of the French novel that started it seemed a bit odd, it’s a safe bet to pay for the price of admission here, not just in part due to a lackluster series of films in theaters (Final Destination 5, The Help, Conan the Barbarian, Spy Kids 4 all round out the top 5 box office from last weekend in no order). Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquers not just on a narrative level but on a level that the franchise hasn’t reached since the time of the hippies.