Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies
4. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
RT Score: 78%
Box Office: $12,348,905 (#6)
BO (Adjusted for Inflation): $66,160,200 (#6)
McDowall or Serkis: McDowall
Summary: How do you continue the Planet of the Apes series after you blow up the titular planet? The answer was to take the two most likable apes (plus a red shirt), put them in a rocket and let them escape. Cornelius and Zira, the scientists who befriended Heston in the first movie, travel back in time to the early 70’s where they are initially treated as celebrities. The movie starts out as an apes-out-of-water comedy loaded with clever social satire. But the movie takes a dark turn that has to be respected. Escape sets events in motion that will eventually lead to humanity being dominated by apes.
This is the movie that shifts the audience’s allegiances. Up to this point, we have been on the side of humanity. But after Escape, we’ll forever be on the side of the apes. The modern incarnation of the series borrows more heavily from Escape and its follow-ups than it does from the original movie.
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.