I grew up with a variety of sci-fi based television programmes compiling the ambient background noise of the early evening, post school-day twilight. One of which was The Planet Of The Apes; hirsute men and hour-glass women parading about under the watchful eyes of more men and women hidden behind rigid, expressionless 'ape masks'. An undiscovered world, ruled by a curious species, able to communicate efficiently, albeit with great hostility. The ever present, but slightly adapted theme throughout all of its modern reincarnations.
Upon viewing a 2011 release almost 3 entire years down the line, I did find myself admittedly underwhelmed by the spectacle. With any special-effects equipped movie, a certain degree of superficial judgement comes as standard and this sitting was no different. I found it difficult to allow the computer generated imagery to go unnoticed in its inability to completely blend itself seamlessly with the environment and actors it engaged with. It is always a matter of depth; of lighting; of texture. There forever appears a general flatness to CGI elements when the entire film screen is not treated with heavy falsification of hue, saturation and shadow. To incorporate such visuals amongst the sunny, brightly lit lab interiors or 'San Fran' skyline was always going to be a difficult task. That being said, as nit-picky and 'snobby' as I am being, this detail by no means prevented my overall enjoyment of the film.
[SPOILER ALERT] With the apes unifying and overthrowing their captors (with no great complaint from the viewer), releasing a seemingly deadly virus in the process, you are left feeling indifferent and yet with a mild sense of satisfaction. Having grown to sympathise with the apes plight and relating to their initial child-like innocence, one would struggle to feel any opposition to the non-fatally aggressive fight for freedom (I say non-fatally as it is largely the will of Caesar for "ape no kill human", although some humans may meet their peril).
The movie finishes on a 'cliff hanger' (or something related to branch hanging...?), ready and prepared for the follow up. Of course, at the time of writing this, I am already well aware of (and in fact have seen) the preceding instalment, so such a finish was entirely expected. With the apes now wild and free and a debilitating virus sweeping the globe (spreading directly via the airport courtesy of the grumpiest of neighbours who got sneezed on) the tone and indeed direction is set for what is to come. All hail Caesar, ruler of the trees just the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge...