The Planet of the Apes is getting a face lift, thanks to Tim Burton and Rupert Wyatt. Our final week of Apes films includes 2001’s Planet of the Apes, and this year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This episode is brought to you by CG Apes, Inc.
Yesterday, I finished reading Planet of the Apes, by French author Pierre Boulle. It’s the novel which set all the films in motion, and as with most adaptations, what’s left behind in the translation to film is quite substantial. The apes in Boulle’s book are far more advanced than their movie counterparts. On their home planet of Soror, ape-kind enjoys a lifestyle very similar to humans on modern earth- cars, planes, technology, cities, business wear. For the most part, I can understand the changes they made. “Modern” clothing looked pretty silly on Zira and Cornelius in Escape From the Planet of the Apes. For comfort’s sake, why would any ape choose to wear clothing designed to fit a different species?
Airplanes are different, though. I think every ape would love to join the mile-high club.
Here’s a quick review- Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves its high average score on Rotten Tomatoes. You won’t regret it. Look for an Apes-filled podcast coming possibly next week. Once we’ve had time to brush up on the original series of films, of course. I’ve seen the ’68 classic a million times, but would like to see the rest again. Even if it means having to “love the bomb” again.