I wasn’t expecting much from this, as the other ‘Planet Of The Apes’ films I’ve dabbled with have left me unengaged. A weeknight in, I thought I’d give it a go on a whim and was pleasantly surprised!
The set-up is very good with the actual story trickling in subtly. I enjoyed all the characters in it, and found it quite easy to identify with them. The only one who irritated me was Dodge Landon (the primate enclosure keeper’s son) who is meant to be unpleasant, so I say job well done Tom Felton (Malfoy from the Harry Potter films no less).
I may be well behind in noticing this but technology has definitely reached a point where animated characters, on the small screen at least, have become every bit as real as their ‘real-life’ fellow human actors. The monkeys were good and at no point did it look unconvincing. Caesar, the main chimp, is very emotive in his expressions and at this rate we won’t be needing real actors for much longer… I realise they are modelled using humans but it probably won’t be long before even they aren’t needed.
While I complained about Tintin having an unsatisfactory ending, though this finished almost leading into the next one it didn’t bother me at all. This felt like a complete story and left me excited for the next installment. I haven’t read up on the original Planet Of The Apes films or about any sequels for this, but I’m suspecting it’s one of those trilogy things here. This makes a very worthy first part if that’s the case!