"Escape" is a great entry in the "Planet of the Apes" series. In fact, it may be my favorite sequel.
Cornelius, Zira, and Milo have escaped the Planet of the Apes moments before it explodes and they land their spaceship in 1970s Los Angeles. The apes are greeted and when it is learned that they can speak, they become major celebrities. But one person in the White House has it in for them. He fears what their existence will do to the human race. His mission is to stop them from populating the world that will eventually become the Planet of the Apes.
Watching "Escape" you really fall in love with Cornelius and Zira. We really see how close they are with each other. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter were perfect in their roles.
The film is mostly light-hearted and full of wit and humor, but by the end of the film, it takes a dramatic turn. The ending is so depressing, dramatic, and shocking. The ending is really what makes this particular "Apes" film so special. It is strange to see what is basically a kid's film turn into a violent, gut-wrenching picture.
There are so many things to enjoy while watching "Escape from the Planet of the Apes". I love the montage of Cornelius and Zira touring Beverly Hills. I love the trial of Cornelius and Zira. I love the psychiatric tests being done on Zira. The list just goes on and on. Also Jerry Goldsmith's score is very 1970s, but it works perfectly. It was funky, yet fitting.
"Escape from the Planet of the Apes" is a film that has rich characters that you will come to love. Cornelius and Zira's relationship really blossoms in this film. I don't want to tell you how the film ends, but be prepared. You may need a tissue or two.
B+ I recommend it.