Ranked! The best and worst of the Planet of the Apes movies

the Guardian | 2/8/2018 | Ryan Gilbey

It is the middle instalment of the recent trilogy of reboots that shows the series at its most thrilling, ambitious and disturbing. The performance-capture technology reaches new levels of sophistication, while incoming director Matt Reeves gives notice that the time for monkeying around is over. Nowhere is this more apparent than when Koba (Toby Kebbell), volatile rival to the level-headed Caesar (Andy Serkis), turns tomfoolery into terror, waging war on humankind with one burst of his automatic weapon. Hairy, scary stuff.

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“Amazing effects,” enthuses Bernard (Dylan Moran) in the Channel 4 sitcom Black Books. “You really believed that monkeys could have meetings.” But it’s the shock ending, in which Charlton Heston does a spot of impromptu Manhattan sightseeing, that secures for all time the reputation of the original movie.

The heaviest episode yet, with Caesar as Christ and/or Moses butting heads with a deranged Kurtz-style Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Intense battle scenes qualify this as a full-blown war movie, which may explain the slight box-office slump. Plus, it was the only summer blockbuster to have been set largely in a labour camp.

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All the Apes films are dark, but this has the edge in the 1970s cycle. Enslaved apes led by Caesar (series regular Roddy McDowall) overthrow the “lousy human ****”. Dodgy makeup and a tacked-on hopeful ending can’t detract from the film’s allusions to real-world racial tensions.

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Surprise of the Planet of the Apes: this first instalment of the latest trilogy is not bad at all. Best bits: the eerie moment when laboratory apes begin to communicate secretly among themselves in sign language,...
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