Capsule Review: "The Planet of the Apes"

by Eric Melin on July 27, 2001

in Print Reviews

Tim Burton’s ‘re-imagining’ of the 1968 Charlton Heston classic b-movie has all of the apes, but none of the imagination of the original. It won’t commit to being a social satire or a comedy, so it burrows right down the middle, playing it as safe as ever.

The apes look good, and are tons more interesting than the humans. That’s about all I can say I enjoyed in this disappointing movie. That, and the irony of NRA president Heston (in a cameo as a dying ape leader) talking about how guns were proof that humans once ruled over apes. the ending is absolutely ridiculous, and unfortunately, sets it up for the inevitable- a sequel.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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