Early Buzz: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Exceeds Early Expectations
by Alex Billington
July 29, 2011
Though I've been very excited for Rise of the Planet of the Apes ever since the first teaser, many people still seem to be skeptical of whether or not it'll actually be good. I've been waiting to see the full film myself as I expect to love it, but in the meantime, they recently screened it very limited in Australia and some early reviews coming out so far are incredible. I was sent an email this morning with a link to post on To See? Or Not to See? and a collection of tweets praising the film, even going so far as to call it "one of the best [films] I've seen in a long time." This is finally the kind of great buzz I knew we would be hearing closer to release!
The early tumblr post has hardly any criticisms and mentions extraordinary praise like this: "This film really surprised me. I really didn't have high hopes going in, but this is without a doubt the film of the year. THE CGI is amazing, the cast all bring their A game, and the storyline is rich and layered." If that isn't a sign that this movie may be the sleeper hit of the summer, I don't know what is. Of course, this is just one strong opinion, but other early tweets from the screening seem to indicate that it's surprising everyone and surpassing most of their expectations. Here's a sampling of a few of the other Apes tweets I could find:
@jimschembri: "Totally blown away by Rise of the Planet of the Apes; benchmark-setting VFX and lead ape, Oscar-worthy; GR8 work by Oz lenser Andrew Lesnie"
@backslashdotorg: "RISE OF THE APES preview screenings are churning out big buzz! They're loving the CG, heart & action. Caesar is an astonishing realisation!"
@scifitv: "Rise of The Planet of the Apes is a phenomenal film. Go see it when it comes out."
@paulverhoeven: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes was fantastic, despite the cinema full of morons who laughed like idiots during every poignant pause." "Can't wait to write my Rise of the Planet of the Apes review. It's like a popcorn film, but with this undercurrent of paternal depth."
@DVDBits: "'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' is not only an amazing special effects achievement, but a gripping blockbuster to boot #apeswillrise"
@GeekActually: "All hail Caesar! Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a triumph. This is how you make an Apes film Tim Burton! #apeswillrise"
@FilmXTRATOM: "So then, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. To put it simply, Superb! I want to watch it again."
@darkhorizons: "Just out of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", has good and bad points, ultimately it's kind of average."
@maryannjohanson: "Was not expecting this: RISE/APES is a wonderful throwback to humanist 70s sci-fi. #apeswillrise"
@daveinfb: "Seeing as the US prem of Rise of the Planet of the Apes was last night. I reckon it's probably safe for me to say that it's bloody awesome!"
@DIYFilms: "I hope Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn't embargoed, because it's bloody brilliant." "More thoughts on RotPotA: thrilling, moving, stunning performance capture - Caesar is incredible."
@rawsonjones: "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - apesolutely brilliant! Intelligent and emotive character-driven blockbuster."
Obviously not everyone loved it, but that's expected, and it still seems to be surprising most of them. Finally other people are saying what I've been trying to say all along: "I can only hope that people aren't put off by the fact that it's a Planet Of The Apes film, and give it a chance… I've always found Planet of the Apes kind of cheesy. And I expected this to be no different. But I was wrong. In fact, I've never been MORE wrong. This film is one of the best I've seen in a long time." I love hearing that and can't wait to see it myself. I've been a supporter of director Rupert Wyatt all along, I visited the set of the film up in Vancouver, I had a feeling it would turn out great. But it's a relief that those finally seeing it are indeed saying positive things.
I'm honestly not too sure why there is so much hesitation. Like with Avatar, the CGI work only really comes together when finished, and early trailers aren't a true indication of what it'll look like in theaters. Beyond that, I know the story is solid, and I have a feeling there's more we're not seeing, as was hinted in that final third act trailer last weekend. All of this early buzz is only making me more anxious to see it. I hope this gets a few of you to take more of an interest in this, it sounds like it's much better than everyone is expecting and that should mean it's worth seeing. Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on August 5th next week.
You'll definitely hear from me once I do see the movie, plus stay tuned for even more coverage on Rise of the Planet of the Apes throughout next week. Who's already planning to see this in theaters next week?