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Planet of the Apes Clip: Who Let Caesar Watch King Kong Again?

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 19, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 19, 2011 |

So there’s yet another Planet of the Apes movie coming out, a series I have always had a problem with. Human beings are apes. Therefore, we currently live on a planet of apes. Bad labeling irritates me. In any case, below we have a clip from the film, which features not only John Lithgow going full Alzheimer’s, but a tasty looking breakfast, and an introduction from Andy Serkis, explaining that with new technology the studio has actually let him see daylight for the first time in a decade in addition to allowing him to speak to other actors on a limited basis.

You know, I really hope that they have a shout out to Stargate and have David Hewlitt’s character actually be named Rodney McKay, because I don’t think any of his colleagues at Stargate Command would be surprised in the least to see him mauled by an angry super intelligent chimpanzee after yelling at an old guy with Alzheimer’s.

Snark aside though, this clip has a fantastic sense of tension. Rage is easy, it’s a dramatic one note, the bass line without a melody. To wrap that rage in tenderness though is simply heartbreaking. The clip manages to establish very simply the motivation of the film by flipping our expectations on their heads. We expect Caesar to be angry, we know he raises the revolution of apes against men, and since this film is centered on him, we expect it to cast him as a sympathetic character who falls. But this clip sets it up a bit differently, it seems more geared towards a much more daring direction, one in which Caesar is legitimately portrayed as protagonist, one in which his actions are suggested to be justifiable responses to humankind.

He needs to lose the jeans though. It’s socially acceptable for a chimp to not wear pants. If it was socially acceptable for me to not wear pants, I wouldn’t, and so this eats into the plausibility of the film far more than notions of hyper-intelligent apes.

(source: Cinema Blend)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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