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Planet of the Apes (1968)

by

Jeff Nelson

Planet of the Apes (1968) is a marvelous film with a deeper meaning than one would expect.

Planet of the Apes (1968)
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There are some pieces of cinema that are timeless. Despite the time that has passed since its release date, Planet of the Apes (1968) continues to age well. There are a limited amount of films that do just fine over time. Planet of the Apes (/1968) is one of the few classic sci-fi films that remains as a memorable motion picture that deserves the hype.

Bewildered astronaut, George Taylor, crash-lands on a strange planet ruled by intelligent apes who use primitive humans for experimentation and sport. Taylor quickly finds himself among the hunted as he struggles to escape the apes' power and uncover their darkest secret. The plot itself is a lot deeper than it appears. It dives into social meaning of society, government, and ways of life. However, it doesn't overpower the action and immersive nature of the movie. The characters are interesting and Taylor will be rooted for by audiences. The dialogue is excellent and keeps the movie enthralling, even when there isn't a chase sequence. The flow is phenomenal as the running time flies by. This is a good concept that was taken a step further with brilliant execution. Science fiction isn't exactly my favorite genre, but this script is genuinely well-written.

Planet of the Apes (1968) is known for containing actor Charlton Heston. He was an extraordinary actor who has and will always be missed. His performance here is no exception. He dominates the role of George Taylor and makes it feel natural. The entire cast is great, but Heston certainly is a stand-out amongst his costars.

In 1968, the special effects and make-up were seen as marvelous. By today's standard, people would consider it to be cheap. However, the practical effects are much better, in my opinion. Instead of making these apes look like cartoons, everything seen in this film was put directly in front of the camera when shooting. For those interested in the remastered edition, 20th Century Fox has done an excellent job in remastering this classic. The video quality is stunning, to say the least. Even though the audio is reference quality, it's the best this film will sound with the current technology. The audio still sounds crisp and gets the job done. Planet of the Apes (1968) has special effects that remain effective.

Planet of the Apes (1968) is one of the greatest influences on the science fiction genre. What seems like endless sequels spoils the franchise and I recommend only seeing the original out of the bunch. This classic deserves to be seen by all cinema lovers. Even the newer generation of movie lovers should check this out. Planet of the Apes (1968) is a marvelous film with a deeper meaning than one would expect. I highly recommend all audiences to watch this.

My Rating = Four and One Half Stars

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