What do you do on a cloudy showery day in the summer? See a movie? Yes! And that's what we did this past Sunday. We headed to Patriot Place to see “Rise Of The Planet of the Apes”.
I wasn't sure what to expect, although I had heard that the movie received decent reviews. I always enjoyed the 1968 “Planet Of The Apes” with Charlton Heston. So I was anxious to see how this prequel to the original story would be told, especially now that we have embraced and perfected the art of computer generated effects.
I found this film fun, exciting and riveting. The special effects are brilliant and believable. Performances are well done, especially from Andy Serkis, who, along with that computer generation, brings to life the character of Caesar, a genetically enhanced ape. Serkis, if you recall, played Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Another outstanding performance comes from veteran actor John Lithgow, who portrays an elderly Alzheimer's patient with such honesty. His struggle with the disease plays an important role in the film's plot and to Caesar's rising intelligence.
And fans of the original Planet Of The Apes will enjoy some of the interwoven reminders that pay homage to the 1968 motion picture. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is one of those movies that's best viewed on the big screen with the big sound system. I hope you have a chance to see it in the theater, perhaps on another rainy day this summer!
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