Monday, 8 August 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★☆

For a while now we’ve been warned that the Planet of the Apes will rise again. However, after the abomination of Tim Burton’s misplaced attempt to reboot this once cherished franchise, this idle threat was hardly enough to stir any degree of excitement from an audience now familiar with the feelings of disappointment that accompanies these persistent attempts by film studios to cash-in on childhood nostalgia. So maybe it was the rock bottom level of expectations or a sign of the decaying state of Hollywood filmmaking, but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is undoubtedly this year’s most accomplished and thoughtful summer blockbuster.

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