Planet of the apes review
Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes.
Today’s review is a review of planet of the apes. It’s considered one of the most beloved scfI classics all time. It was written by Michael Wilson and rod Serling as its famous ending was devised by Arthur P. Jacobs early in production as they making seem like another planet as Rod Serling helped him craft that ending. Out of the planet of ape movies series is Beneath the Planet of the Apes which is more popcorn level flare with its very fun story, The orginal is a sci-fi gem made at time or racial issues it reflects upon in its story in many ways for this movie. It is based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle so to review this sci-fi gem.
In the year 1968, two movies came out that changed modern day science-fiction films forever, 2001 A Space Odyssey was the most famous out of the two, but Planet of the Apes stands on its own ground and became a classic that it is universally acclaimed and beloved by so many people. It is really such fun to watch as is the movie series which have many fun little tales told,
The movie based on this book is an ‘Americanized’ adaptation of it. Rod Sterling did the first drafts of the screenplay, simplifying the plot by fitting it into the mold of his “Twilight Zone” TV series plot elements to help bring it to screen in a cheaper budget then the novel would have. The book was satire of the nuclear culture of time.
Charlton Heston plays the role of George Taylor whom is grounded down and more likeable in the movie then the novel. The acting performance of Charlton Heston is outstanding in his respective role. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, as Cornelius and Zira, and Maurice Evans, as Dr. Zaius, enjoy some of the best performances on the screen in this movie. bringing the then-innovative makeup design of John Chambers to life under the intelligent and stylish direction of Franklin J. Schaffner with really such a wonderful musical score by
Jerry Goldsmith. Its acting by everyone in the cast is really wonderful too Veteran cinematographer Leon Shamroy’s Panavision lensing, which makes great use of remote areas of southern Utah around Lake Powell to suggest an alien world, and Jerry Goldsmith’s avant-garde musical score, which has become a landmark, cannot be emphasized more for contributing to the weird atmosphere and eerie mood of the movie. Rarely has a movie score so fit like hand-in-glove with wonderful direction and a wonderful screenplay and acting all make this a sci fi masterpiece.
PLANET OF THE APES is a mark in cinema history, famous for these talented artists, gripping story and an amazing ending that shocks you, scares you, breaks you and brings you to tears with the realization that you’ll never truly experience a film like this again so watch it today this classic gem.
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