RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

The biggest surprise of the summer? I went bananas over APES! A well thought out, carefully paced franchise reboot that actually gets it right. The star of the movie is not James Franco or Freida Pinto but Andy Serkis and the FX team. Caesar is one of the more memorable creations Hollywood has offered up in a long time (take note George Lucas!). You follow his story from the lab all the way to his rise as leader of the pack…and feel his pain more than any other movie character this summer. While tying together the original in almost seamless fashion with this new version (once again Lucas, pay attention!), we see the fall of mankind not at the hands of the primates but our own. A fantastic movie that sets the stage for a sequel that feels necessary and not forced.
Stormy Curry

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