Title: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Length: 105 minutes
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based (very loosely and distantly) on a novel by Pierre Boulle
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis
With: Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, David Hewlett
Music: Patrick Doyle
Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie
Editing: Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt
I saw it: in the theater, a couple weeks ago
Synopsis: intelligent apes escape from San Francisco
Concept: Remaking the fourth movie in a franchise that never should have had a sequel in the first place? Who could have thought this was a good idea for long enough to figure out that it would work?
Characters: The apes are very good. The humans are crap.
Dialog: It’s great that they go without dialog as much as they do. Especially since every time someone opens his mouth, a steaming pile of crap pours out.
Acting: The human characters are just kind of there, but the apes are all excellent. Serkis is amazing.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, ). It’s badly marred by the persistence of James Franco’s character, staying prominent in the movie long after he no longer serves a purpose. But that’s not such a big deal, since the movie is otherwise completely awesome.
Objective Rating (Average):