VIDEO: Planet of the Apes (2001)

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In his ongoing look at modern classics, the Slob watches one of the most interesting film re-imaginings of our time, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, and the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan. Slob explores the film’s subtle social commentary, its heart-wrenching plea for acceptance of cross-species love, and of course, its genius twist ending. 

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  • Monty39

    This movie is underrated. Really. And it’s funny that I re-watched it just a few nights ago…

    • Thomas Stockel

       Are you being serious or ironic?  Because it is the internet and I can’t always tell.

      Personally I find the movie it technically good, but the script is terrible.  All style, no substance.

      • Monty39

        I’m being DEAD serious. I actually like this film, and am baffled as to the VENOMOUS hatred most have for it. Yes, it’s flawed — Mark Wahlberg is dreadfully miscast, the screenplay needed a few more polishes — but, like the equally despised Spider-Man 3, it’s a lot better than people give it credit for. It’s obviousy not as good as the original (or the surprisingly excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), but it’s a fun movie to watch every now and again.

        • Thomas Stockel

          I guess we’re just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one, then. The ending is just there for shock value to mirror the first film and the female apes look line Joan Rivers.  How did all those humans hear about Marky Mark in, what, three days?  Where is the blond getting her makeup from?  Where did the horses come from?  How is that technology working after thousands of years?  How is there still any power at all?

          And don’t get me started on Spider Man 3, man.  That film is shit.  Everything from Emo Peter to let’s kidnap Mary Jane…again, to let’s have Sandman be the one who kills Uncle Ben. Just…Look, people have summed up SM3’s flaws far better than I.

          • Muthsarah

            I’d take Spiderman 3 over Burton’s PotA.  Even when Spidey’s dumb, it’s at least enjoyably dumb.  PotA has nothing going for it but some sorta-interesting sets.  It tries to be a big action movie, but it can’t get past the ridiculousness of the premise.  The original is nowhere near as deep as its reputation makes it seem, but it was a subtle work, and the verrrrry slow reveal building up to the twist was one of the best I’ve ever seen.  Even going back, knowing what I know, that last scene in the cave with the artifacts, with the sound, with the eerie feel that something big’s coming up…it still gives me goosebumps.  Whereas seeing hundreds of impressively-CGId apes leaping around and beating each other to death with clubs is boring as shit, because there’s absolutely nothing else going on and no reason for me to care about any of the characters.

  • Premonition_45

    The ending was based upon that of the original book.

  • Kids today!

    You did it. You finally did it.

    There, that line’s out of the way.

  • Man this was an odd one…dunno what to think since I haven’t seen the original version to compare it to.

  • Neemz

    Shakespeare didn’t create the character of Oberon (or Auberon). The character goes back to Merovingian legends where he was known as Alberich.
    The name Oberon first appeared in the 13th century, several hundred years before A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written.

    Shakespeare most likely saw or heard of the French heroic song, through the 1540 translation of John Bourchier, Lord Berners, called Huon of Burdeuxe.