5 comments on “Planet of the Apes

  1. By an odd coincidence, I’m visiting with a friend who just saw this movie two days ago (and at a drive-in) and he said the first time he was going to show it to somebody (on DVD) the “big reveal” image from the end of the picture was on the menu screen of the DVD. He had to stand in front of the TV, blocking it, until he actually got the movie going.

    • Fun coincidence! I’ve noticed the ending image on other material for this movie. You shouldn’t need a spoiler alert for everything. Glad your friend blocked it. 🙂

  2. I really enjoy the original planet of the apes. Haven’t seen any other of the sequels/prequels/remakes, or whatever they are. Maybe I will at some point, but for now I’ll stick with the original.
    I always wished I had seen it earlier though, I feel like my younger self would have appreciated it more because it’s so easy to understand.
    However, there’s always one part of the film that’s bothered me, and that’s Nova. I never quite know what to make of her character or how Chuck Heston regards her. It seems very problematic, given that she’s not evolutionarily developed enough to speak or do much of anything else.
    Otherwise though, classic film and a good one.

  3. Good review. I haven’t seen any of the other Planet of the Apes movies either. I did view this recently, and here is my Netflix review:
    “It is a credit to the 1968 film that it received so many sequels, a spin-off television series, a Tim Burton remake, and a modern-day franchise. So why is it that none of those has managed to eclipse the original, and why does it have such a famous reputation? Well, many lines of dialogue have entered the popular culture (“Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”) and it, of course, has one of the most famous twist endings in film history due to Rod Sterling which I knew long before ever watching it. But as someone who watched this for the first time recently and was very impressed by it, I think it is popular for more reasons than that. The film works on many levels. It can be seen as social satire, an anti-religion allegory, or just a fun dystopian sci-fi. The script is tight, and well-written, particularly noteworthy in its restraint in not showing the apes for the first half hour. This time is also used to establish the main character, who admits to being a cynic who left Earth in hopes of something better out there. With this knowledge, it is fitting to watch him being treated as if he is the primitive creature beneath contempt that he sees his species as. Heston delivers a very good performance, and it is fun how much it takes its absurd premise seriously. It is not really for adults or children, but a classic sci-fi story in the style of Doctor Who and King Kong. And for this reason, I believe it can be appreciated for different reasons by people of all ages. It could be pure fun to watch, or a pure terror to watch.”

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