I was so excited for this movie because I loved the original Planet of the Apes. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I remember loving it. I haven’t seen the rest of the sequels in the series, even though I should. Anyway, right before I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it occurred to me that even just watching the trailer would give away the original’s classic, often referenced ending. But I guess it’s one of those endings that everyone, or at least most people, know about, regardless of whether or not they’ve seen the movie. When I got to the theatre last night, I found out that ROTPOTA is a PG-13 movie. I had no idea; I thought it was rated R. This revelation didn’t make me feel good since a PG-13 movie has so many limitations. And this movie did. For one thing, apes are very, very strong and adult ones are vicious—they can rip your face off. The apes in the movie seemed weaker, and there wasn’t any gore at all. In many cases, the people who got in the apes’ way didn’t even die; they just got injured. That’s not what would have happened in real life. Now I’m not the kind of movie goer that makes a big deal about movies being realistic; in fact, I like it when films take liberties of movie magic. But I do loooove apes, so the fact that the apes in this movie were not completely ape-like bothered me a little. Obviously real apes couldn’t be used in this movie, but I got used to the CGI soon enough. Still, I wanted gore.
Another problem that I had with ROTPOTA is Freida Pinto. I think she’s a very good and very beautiful actress, but in this movie, she was nothing but an accessory to James Franco. Her role is so insignificant to the point of useless. It’s part of the Hollywood formula to have a romantic interest, so there has to be someone for Franco. I guess that’s less tackier than the lead ape, Caesar, having a lover? Anyway, I wish Freida had a bigger role, instead of just someone to fulfill a Hollywood cliché.
On the Flixter app on Facebook, I rated this movie 4.5/5 stars because I really did enjoy this movie. I have a thing for movies about the end of human civilization; 2012 is my feel-good movie. So of course I loved ROTPOTA. Also, as I’ve mentioned, I love apes. However, upon reviewing the limitations of this movie, I’m now thinking I should have rated this 4/5.