What else is there to say? This movie fucking kicks ass. Fuck Tim Burton’s masturbatory alternate view of the Pierre Boulle classic. The best adaptation of this novel is right here, and in my opinion is one of the finest and most thoughtful films ever made.Charlton Heston is Taylor, a US Astronaut and expedition captain who left Planet Earth into an expedition of outer space, and sleeps away in the cryogenic chamber, since the expedition takes into deep space, many light years from home. By then, the people that send them are gone. 2000 years later, the ship has crashed in a remote planet. Taylor and his two-man crew escape but the ship sinks. Stranded on a planet that is unknown to them, they start scouting the place and soon realize that the planet is occupied and ruled by Apes, and humans are the animals. Huh? Yeah, seriously, THE HUMAN RACE IS BEING RULED BY A BUNCH OF DAMN DIRTY APES!!! Why is this so? Of course, the “where they are” is pretty much evident, but the film takes you to a place no film has ever taken you.
"A Defining Film In The History Of Film"
It takes you to a metaphoric view of mankind itself, only disguised and reversing the natural order of dominant species to give you a more deep approach so it can make its point. A compare/contrast case so to speak. You see this is not just another straightforward bullshit sci-fi movie where its nothing but endless roams of cheesy FX and pretty much a bare bones/pure crap plot. This film has a meaning, an issue, and a point to give out.
It’s a protesting film, a film that reflects and points out our problems in our society, and also a philosophical point of view on the “true nature and character” of man. See, the film portrays the apes as a guide to our mystery search, and also portrays the view of life of the apes: all living together, regardless of whether they’re gorillas, monkeys, or chimpanzees, all sharing the goods, living like brothers, and all enjoying life to the fullest. If you look closely, this is a metaphor of an “alternate society,” in other words, a “what-if” depiction. Think about it; think about our society, living in peace, enjoying life and living all as brothers, regardless of race, ethnicity, or creed, and living and sharing things with no need of violence or envy, a world without frontiers. It gives us an “animal” point of view. Look at animals, they just live peacefully, living their life, with no political bullshit bothering them, and much less caring for that. What about human beings? As the film points out, it strikes at the human being with no remorse, cataloguing him as an animal, a greedy, selfish, racist, jealous animal, uncaring for his fellow human being, willing to destroy himself to destroy his enemies if he has to. This is pretty much a critique to our society and our human nature, and makes us think and reflect on how we have become ourselves? Why is it that we have such violent, and bad nature? No words can describe the ending, it says it all, it summarizes all that humanity is, and what it nearly go to be. Some people may call it a Cold War movie, but in my opinion, the message goes a little more further than that. The script is top notch, written by Michael Wilson and the legendary Rod Serling. This is one of my three favorite Franklin J. Shaffner films, the others being Patton (obviously), and the underrated Nicholas And Alexandra, and I applaud him for this effort. But I believe that the guy the steals the movie is the make-up artist John Chambers. His designs of blending ape faces on human actors are superb, especially for its time. He deserved that Oscar.
Charlton Heston is AWESOME man. Back then, he ruled with films like this one, Ben-Hur, Greatest Show On Earth, Ten Commandments, and Touch Of Evil. Sure, he’s gone soft these past years, but man, back then he was the shit. Roddy MacDowall is also good as Cornelius, and Kim Hunter is also great as Zira, the caring doctor who gathers an attention for Taylor and also protects him. Maurice Evans is strikingly fearsome as the evil Dr. Zaius, who in the end is not as “evil” as you may think, and that makes him even scarier, because of what he knows.In the end, like I said, forget there exists a Tim Burton remake and go watch this film. Its one of the most important films ever made in my opinion due to the message that it gives, and if you really care about yourself and the world around you, then watch this film. Warning: I said watch this film, DO NOT watch the bloody awful sequels that would follow it, since honestly, they suck, and miss the point of the original. Anyways, watch it, AND GO APE!!!!
link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=1653&reviewer=235
originally posted: 07/31/02 14:14:55