I’m not a big fan of primates. I don’t see why people like them, really. They screech, the eat lice off of each other, they have weird feet…
So I wasn’t looking forward to Rise of the Planet of the Apes as much as some people, I’m sure. I did watch the two Planet of the Apes, though, to see how they compared to this one movie. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I ended up feeling quite ambivalent when I left the theater.
Rise did a good job of explaining how apes could have become smart enough to take over, and what happened to the humans for them to allow that to happen. So the story was adequate, but I couldn’t make myself care. It wasn’t just that I didn’t connect with the ape characters, I didn’t connect with the humans either. It was a strange feeling.
However, anyone interested in how the apes became smart enough to rule should watch the movie, because that will be fully explained.