Monday, May 3, 2010

Planet of the Apes (1968)

For the first time, I saw "Planet of the Apes" on the big screen. One word: AMAZING!

"Planet of the Apes" is an excellent movie that is thrilling from the first frame to the last. Charlton Heston is wonderful as Taylor and when he utters those famous words: "Get your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape", you can't help but feel the urge to cheer. Heston dominated the screen. He is a larger than life actor that is awesome in everything he touches.

The supporting roles are played excellently by Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, and Maurice Evans. Their characterizations are very real and you really start to feel the love between Cornelius (McDowall) and Zira (Hunter).

The make-up by John Chambers is some of the best I have ever seen. Each ape is convincing and a fair amount of movement is given to the actor behind the make-up. The make-up helped make the actor's performances that much better.

The story of "Planet of the Apes" is one of the best to ever be told on the screen. Rod Serling worked on the script and gave it the "Twilight Zone" type ending. The ending is one of the most memorable in film history. If you haven't seen the film and don't know how it ends, do yourself a favor and watch it! Even though "Planet of the Apes" is a fantastic story of science fiction, it deals with real life issues including race, prejudice, enslavement, and government vs. society.

"Planet of the Apes" is one of my favorite science fiction films. The film spawned 4 sequels, a TV series, and a remake. It is a story that no one will ever forget and that's why the "Planet of the Apes" will never die.

A I recommend it.

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