2010s, 3/4, Planet of the Apes, Review, Rupert Wyatt, Science Fiction

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

#5 in my Ranking of the Planet of the Apes Franchise. This is a much smarter way to reboot a moribund series, taking the aesthetics into a new century while also updating the narrative to match with new technology. It also trusts the audience to empathize with a non-human character using that new technology, and… Continue reading Rise of the Planet of the Apes

1970s, 3.5/4, J. Lee Thompson, Planet of the Apes, Review, Science Fiction

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

#4 in my Ranking of the Planet of the Apes Franchise. This is the return to form worthy of a sequel of the original Planet of the Apes. The unrated version (the version originally screened for test audiences before those reactions forced some changes that softened the film) is the same kind of damning of… Continue reading Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

1/4, 1970s, Don Taylor, Planet of the Apes, Review, Science Fiction

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

#9 in my Ranking of the Planet of the Apes Franchise. This has a similar structural quirk to its predecessor, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in that the movie doesn’t really seem to start until the halfway point. Everything up through the first forty-five minutes of both movies are almost entirely about justifying the… Continue reading Escape from the Planet of the Apes