Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies
3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
RT Score: 81%
Box Office: $176,760,185 (#3)
BO (Adjusted for Inflation): $196,840,100 (#4)
McDowall or Serkis: Serkis
Summary: After failing to restart the series ten years earlier, Fox decided to do what everyone else was doing and hop on board the reboot train. Movies like Batman Begins and Casino Royale had made prequels sexy. Every movie franchise looking for a fresh start was going back to its roots. So Rise of the Planet of the Apes set out to tell the story of how humanity lost control of the planet.
This is essentially the story told by the last three movies in the original series. As we saw with those movies, there are a lot of ways to get that story wrong. Would audiences, who tend to skew human, really be willing to root against their own species for an entire movie? It’s a difficult balancing act requiring both a sympathetic human character and a leading man who can win over the audience despite their performance being given in motion capture.
Rise was up to the task. Andy Serkis, who had already given a memorable motion capture performance as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, played Caesar. Fans of the original series who stayed all the way to the bitter end will recognize the name. Caesar lead the ape rebellion. Since Rise represented a new start for the series, there was no need for all the loopy time travel that came with the story the first time around. Instead, the reboot had a surprising amount of heart that ultimately won audiences over.
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.