Quick plot synopsis: So there are like all these earthquakes happening and no one knows why and it starts off as like a disaster movie. Suddenly, a whole entire, other planet filled with hyper-intelligent chimps rises out of the Earth’s crust hence the title The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Okay no, it’s actually about the metaphorical rise of hyper-intelligent chimps led by the revolutionary Caesar, (Andy Serkis a.k.a. Gollum cannot get enough praise for his motion capture performance) paving the way for a new Planet of the Apes series since the original five circle back on themselves and the Tim Burton remake is just awful, even though I don’t quite remember it being that awful. Probably because I went as Tim Roth's villainous chimp general for Halloween in 3rd grade.
For those of you like me who realize that guns>monkeys, the film smartly sidesteps this by giving both sides a reason to avoid outright murdering each other. Plus the apes only really fight a group of cops on a bridge, not the army. San Francisco cops at that.
The human cast is fine but not really the point. John Lithgow is touching while Freida Pinto is aggressively unnecessary. David Oyelowo’s whole dialogue is basically, “money, money, money” and Draco Malfoy is in it as a villain because what else.
BUT! What you really want to know is HOW STONED AND/OR WEIRDLY IRONIC AND AWESOME AND HILARIOUS IS JAMES FRANCO THE WORLD’S BEST ACTOR?
Sorry to say it but he’s basically playing it straight. And not even like so straight that it turns back into bizarre irony. He’s just playing a scientist. As a firm believer that his performance at the 2011 Oscars was by far the most entertaining thing the show has ever done, I found this disappointing.
|Studied at Columbia and Yale|
Oh well, I’ll just wait for his documentary about his making of a play about himself making a play.