The way in my mind a series relaunch should be

Posted: December 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Planet of the Apes is an iconic film, it becomes obvious that a film is very popular when parody and references are made thoughout popular culture as is the case when examining the Planet of the apes. It’s impossible to rember all the times that you have seen a joke made about Charlton hestons famous line that shocked viewers “get your hands off me you damn dirty ape” not to mention the countless parodies of the Cheston on the beach screaming at a decaying statue of liberty.

The new film rendition did not try and and steal the scene by redoing the same story in a modern setting instead the creators shoose to look at the Planet of the Apes Universe from a different perspective. No need to retell a story everyone knows “let’s give the audiences something they have been craving for sometime now” a modern interpretation of the orgins of the Apes rise to power. The rise of the planet of the apes uses modern fears about degenerate diseases that cripple the identity of the victim. The rise of the planet of the apes is a story about the cure for alzheimers and its side effects on its test subjects… apes.

The film offers a star studded cast that does not distract from the action of the play it is not like the remakes of some films that feel its necessary to use cameos from some of the original cast and crew, indstead “rise” uses fresh faces to the series that offer a new interpretation that in many ways can lead into the original series or transform the series for a modern audience that will be able to experience the series for the first time.

The film relaunch reminds me of the Star Trek relaunch that was oh so popular a few summers ago. The film did not try and retell the iconic story of the star Trek universe, but instead took the action in a direction away from where fans might be offended by the changes made by the new film.

I recommend the rise of the planet of the apes. It;s effectively chilling as it makes you stop and think about society, where we are going as a population and the futility and loss of importance in human society. We need to refocus on whats important today and not get wrapped up in the trivial things. relationships people and doing the best we can with the time we are given. I think in many ways the apocalypse is not to frighten as its to make us appreciate what we have right in front of us.

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Comments
  1. Jon Bruce says:

    I like the original 1968 film and its use of satire in the apes’ treatment of man. The new film is quite good in how it shows the character development of a chimp who only speaks two lines in the course of the story.

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