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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Comic Critic Reviews Rise of the Planet of the Apes

It took me over an hour and looked like a rough draft of a college thesis, “Why I’m So Completely Fascinated with The Planet of the Apes Franchise.” I got so wrapped up describing my deep Ape-Man love that I totally forgot my goal was to write a movie review. There wasn’t one word about the movie. That was when I realized I needed to step away from my fanaticism to find a way to address one of its core messages without getting overly mushy. Then I remembered a conversation I had with my friend John Draper about Rise of the Planet of the Apes and wrote a much shorter review: thus, this strip.


Kevin D. Boze said...

My problems with the "reality" of the movie:

1) Caesar's birth is a big surprise. The sloppiest lab in the WORLD would have noticed Bright Eyes was pregnant.

2) The assistant is exposed to the aerosol virus and is sent home. The sloppiest lab in the WORLD would have quarantined him and given him a full exposure work-up.

3) When the apes move en masse, their movements are highly coordinated. They flow across the screen, betraying the use of a "swarm" routine to animate them. Those sequences look like Busby Berkeley directed them.

alan Groening said...

LOL!!! Thats great man... I didnt have problems with apes jumping through glass mark... I wanted to know where the hell did all the extra monkeys come from??? (ok they got a few from the zoo, Caesar released all the ones in the holding area after making them intelligent... then Caesar returned to the lab and freed the "smarties" there also.. but at the end.. there were HUNDREDS of apes... i mean.. Thousands!!! where did all the non-smarties come from? (besides the zoo?)

2) Could all this entire scenario have been averted had James Franco looked down upon his chimp that day in the Muir redwoods and said "yes you are my goddamn get in the car!!!" instead he lied to Caesar and said he wasn't a pet and started an ape revolution. Great Job James franco... you suck.