Rise of the Planet of the Apes follows James Franco as Will Rodman, a scientist who is experimenting a new drug on apes in the hopes of finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease, not only for his father (John Lithgow), but for the world. After an accident at the company Rodman works for, he takes a young ape into his home for protection. This young ape is Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was exposed to the drug and grows up with heightened intelligence. Soon, Caesar's intelligence poses a possible threat to mankind, and the apes soon bond together and start an uprising.
Not everything works. There are moments where significant time passes, but other than seeing Caesar grow, it's hard to tell. A much similar problem is that other scenes are rushed, and we blow through plot points rather quickly. Again, nothing I will spoil, but give the film a rewatch and you will know what I am talking about. And I might get some shit for this, but compared to the second two films, the CGI apes don't hold up quite as well as I remember. They are still good though. Pause the film on any frame with an ape, it looks photo realistic, but in motion there's a glossy rubbery effect that's noticeable after seeing the flawless work in Dawn and War.
Andy fucking Serkis, man. Although we rarely see his actual face in any of his roles, he is slowly becoming one of my favourite actors, and he is without a doubt one of the most talented and fascinating men in show business. He portrays Caesar though brilliant performance capture technology, and he's just so good. Caesar is so much more than a walking computer code. You feel and see his every emotion and, at times, his every thought. Andy Serkis is a pioneer of the technology for good reason. No one is better. If he doesn't get proper academy recognition in some form soon, it will be a sin.
Upon rewatching Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I did notice a few flaws that I hadn't had with the film before, but regardless, this is a great, great movie. I absolutley love this film and it may beat out the sequel by a hair, in my opinion, even if the second may be a better crafted film. I can't wait to see War for the Planet of the Apes. I hope it lives up to the first two, because if it does, we will have one of the finest film trilogies of all time.
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