Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies
7. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
RT Score: 38%
Box Office: $8,844,595 (#8)
BO (Adjusted for Inflation): $44,173,000 (#8)
McDowall or Serkis: McDowall
Summary: The original series included five movies which mostly experienced diminishing returns. As each movie grossed a little less than the one that preceded it, Fox insisted on cutting the budget of each follow-up. One could make the argument that this resulted in a continually diminishing product which became a self-fulfilling prophesy as audiences became less and less enamored of cheap Apes movies. But that’s not how studio guys think.
By the time they got around to the fifth movie, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, there wasn’t a lot of story left to tell. Battle makes an effort to bring the series full circle, but everything about it feels cheap and half-hearted.
Arguably, this is actually the worst movie in the Apes series. It certainly suffered from a lack of resources and probably franchise fatigue being the fifth movie in just six years. But I’m giving Battle a few bonus points for its connection to the original films. After sitting through all four of the superior movies that preceded it, I still have enough goodwill left for the movie that attempts to tie the series in a bow as opposed to the remake which never went anywhere.
Posted on July 14, 2017, in Movies, Worst to First and tagged Andy Serkis, Charlton Heston, James Franco, Kim Hunter, Mark Wahlberg, Planet of the Apes, roddy mcdowall. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.