One of the greatest sci-fi movies ever in the cinematic history. An amazing post apocalyptic era. It’s an irony that the movie could not reach many people by its storyline, its editing, and its messages (it’s not at least as famous as Star Wars is). If you’re more of a science fiction person, it upsets you.
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On the other hand, I don’t know if it’s a message that the main character of the movie (Taylor) was an idiot. Because he was a limitless idiot. The pimp thinks, giving statistics non-stop while enjoying the pipe is about being clever. You land on a planet, you see the apes are speaking, and you think it’s such a normal thing? And it’s also like a normal thing to see the apes speak in English for the guy (and I think it’s about Americans’ self confidence nature. “Our language must be spoken in the whole galaxy” thing). You would ask, wouldn’t you? “Okay, apes can speak. But why is it English? Where have you all learnt it?” Right? I’m saying, he was in a shock or something and he couldn’t get the whole thing. But there was an ape called “Cornelius”, man. It means, if you go to the east a little bit, you may see a gorilla named “Akira” or something. You should’ve just asked, “The language you speak, where have you learnt it?” Maybe, they are not in that capacity but you are a human-being, man.
Besides, it’s an irony that a good movie like this contains the most rubbish scene. In question scene, Taylor and his team think they are landed on a different planet than the Earth and they start exploring the area. One of the guys tries to plant an American flag right next to the river. Taylor sees it and starts imitating a villain laughter like an animal. The camera zooms-in to Taylor’s mouth and rises to the sky. The result: God curse you all!
Although, the remake of Planet of the Apes that Tim Burton has made is not as realistic and original as the first movie, it could make a good ending though. Acting and make-ups were also amazing. All characters in the movie have characteristics and original mimics. Even though, make-ups were really good in the first movie, it can’t be compared to the Tim Burton’s movie. Regardless, the first movie in ’68 has a very good storyline and editing that could change your point of view to life. It kids with the human-being virtually with its each dialogue and gives its message about the inability of human-being in the future. In our minds, apes are ugly but in their minds, we are not one of a kind snow flake. It holds against us that the idea of human-beings contain a harmful “potential”. It shows this with the “three monkeys” scene at the court (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) and the others. It shows us how we tried to block the scientific studies because they were “against” the religion. It shows us that we don’t respect for animals as we don’t respect for each other. But could the human-being, who is not aware of goings on, really understand all of this?
Furthermore, the movie makes up itself in a great way and it doesn’t even matter if we don’t understand it. It has given its message and contents with it. It accents on the possibility of how the future would be if there was an “apocalypse”. It shows us that if we keep thinking we are “intelligent” creatures and if we keep screwing up the whole environment, we’ll be hunting in the jungles couple thousands of years later.
I also want to give some technical information about the movie;
- - The movie has 2 million pound budget and the make-up part contains 17% of this. It was the most paid movie to make-up in time.
- - The man, who acts as Taylor in the movie, had the flu during the movie. Producers went on like that-instead of waiting- by thinking his different voice added something to his character.
- - 4th astronaut “Stewart” was written as a man.
- - “Three Monkeys” scene was added to the movie improvisational. It made people laugh because the movie was threatening to become so serious.
- - There weren’t any apes in the movie at the first 30 minutes.
- - “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.” Quote was selected as the 66th best quote by American Film Institute (out of 100).
- - Space Shuttle and the clothes of Astronauts were marked “ANSA”. It’s the acronym of NASA.
To conclude, the main reason of waiting for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is this movie, gentlemen. It’s so rare to see a creepy ending in a movie.
George Taylor: And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We're now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I'll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month out of cape kennedy. Six months in deep space - by our time, that is. According to Dr. Haslein's theory of time, in a vehicle travelling nearly the speed of light, the earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it, while we've aged hardly at all. Maybe so. This much is probably true - the men who sent us on this journey are long since dead and gone. You who are reading me now are a different breed - i hope a better one. I leave the 20th century with no regrets. But one more thing - if anybody's listening, that is. Nothing scientific. It's purely personal. But seen from out here everything seems different. Time bends. Space is boundless. It squashes a man's ego. I feel lonely. That's about it. Tell me, though. Does man, that marvel of the universe, that glorious paradox who sent me to the stars, still make war against his brother? Keep his neighbor's children starving?