Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Rupert Wyatt
I hope that people will end up considering this to be one of the great blockbusters; I think it’s worthy of inclusion.
The main difference between this and Die Hard, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, etc. is what I think is a larger trend in today’s movies (according to my totally unscientific survey of the movies of today and yesterday) - a lack of a sense of fun. It’s a fairly dark and serious story, and the moments of exhilaration are few. Like, why so serious, for real.
But those moments of exhilaration - when Caesar is able to experience the freedom of the world around him - provide a perfect contrast to the film’s themes of confinement - by cages, by deteriorating minds, by commercial science. They more than make up for the no-humor approach.
And there are moments of true emotional connection (with CGI apes no less!) that send chills down my spine. I think that this is the biggest success of the film.
I love this screenplay, I love the way the writers created this origin story, and it’s weirdly one of my favorite recent movies.
#182 - 9/1/2012