Rise of the Planet of the Apes Has Audiences Cheering
Early viewers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the highly-anticipated prequel to the “Apes” series of movies, are praising the film for both the performances of the actors, and for the CGI technology used to bring the apes to life.
In the original Planet of the Apes movie, based on Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel, Charlton Heston was harassed by actors in monkey suits. The film’s memorable final scene revealed that the planet had not always been ruled by apes, making a prequel seem evitable. While fans waited, technology advanced.
Armed with state-of-the-art special effects, Sundance Award-winning director Rupert Wyatt clothed his actors in virtual monkey suits. The motion capture effects seem a bit false at the beginning of the film, but the fine performances of the actors portraying the apes soon wins the audience over.
Andy Serkis, who many believe should have received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, can most likely expect a nomination for his complex characterization of Caesar. James Franco and John Lithgow also offer memorable performances.
The film includes several references to the original Apes film – one in particular had the audience cheering.