The Apes Are Smarter, And They Want Bananas

Here we have the first trailer for the upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel that nobody really asked for. Don’t get me wrong, I love WETA’s special effects work, and we’ve already seen what they can do with Andy Serkis as an ape in King Kong, but looking at this, I can’t help but be reminded of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes moreso than the original. The old Planet of the Apes movies all had that sort of grainy, Technicolor look to them, but the look of Rise of the Planet of the Apes seems much closer to Burton’s film, and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. There’s a chance that the film will turn out great, but it seems like it’s being severely under-marketed, as if the producers themselves don’t really know what they’re going for. Between this and The Thing prequel starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, it seems like Hollywood is now going one step further with their reboots of film franchises: they’re going back to even before the first movie in the series! Sheesh.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be stealing your banana August 5, 2011.

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