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?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
I was kinda excited for this movie until I read an article that said James Franco didn't feel like he was able to use his creativity and talent the way he did in 127 hours and Milk; he said it was more of a paycheck movie. The article also mentioned there were reshoots to replace more of the story elements with action. However, the latest feedback renews some optimism, I hope it turns out as good as its potential.
terces7 on Jul 29, 2011
To be honest, I was completely disinterested in this movie until I started seeing more having to do with the CGI of the different apes - that's what sold me on wanting to see it. (Still wish they'd kept the title plain old Rise of the Apes, though). I'll have to wait to see it to actually know, but all the positive reviews are making me more likely to see it before it comes out on dvd.
Emma on Jul 29, 2011
Thanks for the shout-out, Alex. I'm the @DVDBits:twitter comment up there, and was suitably impressed. If you guys are interested, here's out full review (minor spoilers). I really hope this film does well, as I can see the potential for a terrific series out of this. http://www.thereelbits.com/2011/07/30/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/
Richard Gray on Jul 29, 2011
Still looks terrible to me.
JT on Jul 29, 2011
I don't know why people are so skeptical! The film looks AMAZING and I'm seriously looking forward to it! Not sure where "Planet of the Apes" comes of as 'cheesy'. I LOVE the original as well as the four sequels. Keep in mind that those films were made during a particular time in film history. Maybe if the twenty-somethings who think they know everything about good movies would just GET that, they might have a proper perspective on what was the biggest franchise before the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Tim Burton's version was far from perfect but a noble attempt nonetheless. I have a good gut-feeling that "Rise" will revitalize everyone's vision of how great a concept the "Apes" series was and is.
David Blanchard on Jul 29, 2011
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this movie! At first i wasn't so caught by the title and just looked at it as another summer movie, but the more reviews and trailers i saw, the more i wanted to see it than previous movies, such as cowboys & aliens. I also was afraid they weren't gonna follow with the original planet of the apes with the different species of apes...but later i did see orangutans and even two different species of chimps (africans and pygmy's)...(hint: i'm a zookeeper so i know my animals). But i'm very curious to see how or if they try and fit this plot into the original planet of the apes making it a true prequel? Still, this movie looks absolutely mind blowing! And i will agree, idk why people are being so hurtful and degrading it before watching the movie. I remember when JJ Abram's "Star Trek" was coming out soon, everyone was hating on it saying that only trekkies would go see it. But after it came out, everyone was blown away including people who had no prior star trek knowledge, and i feel that's exactly what "Rise" (thank you D. Blanchard) is going to do to the audience!
Jwb3 on Jul 30, 2011
James Franco as a scientist... sorry i cant suspend my disbelief that much.
happy camper on Jul 30, 2011
A buzz.. lol orchestrated far far away... naive readers lol The movie sucks. point.
Sylvain from Paris on Jul 30, 2011
Have you seen the movie? Attempting to pass off your uninformed opinion as some sort of factual statement is weak. If you have actually seen the film and are just being purposefully stupid by not backing up your opinion with facts, that's even weaker. Counterpoint.
Hollyfeld on Aug 1, 2011
I think this is going to be a solid movie. I really go back and forth on this one, but the most recent trailer gave me a solid feeling about it. I don't know if it'll be "the movie of the summer", but I think it will surprise a lot of people. Check out what I have to say about Rise of the Planet of the Apes (http://www.haydensmovies.com/2011/07/rise-of-planet-of-apes-trailer.html) and much more at Hayden's Movies!
Hayden's Movies on Jul 30, 2011
This film has been suffering from the press James Franco has gotten recently talking down on the film. IMHO, it sounds more like "an art-eest" upset ove a director and editor messing with "his work". Personally, I can't want to see this film.
Towaway on Jul 30, 2011
Franco is a bit of a performance artist. He's going back to do another stint on General Hospital.
casting couch on Jul 31, 2011
I'm with you Alex I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. The trailers and commercials have really grabbed me, it looks to be very emotional and yet enough action to carry the day. I'll be there Friday
Rocky728 on Jul 30, 2011
Yeah right Alex. And if the reaction to the film were negative, instead of saying "This is finally the kind of great buzz I KNEW we would be hearing closer to release!", you be saying "This is not the response I was hoping for." So in reality you didn't actually KNOW anything. Right? That being said, I've been hoping all along that it would get good reviews.
Octopus9498 on Jul 31, 2011
I can't wait for this either. I've had faith in this since day one. The last international trailer confirmed it for me. Like you say in the article, there are things that the trailers aren't showing us. They've actually thrown us off the scent on purpose. As Optimus Prime would say “There’s more to this than meets the eye”. I just hope general audiences give it a chance.
Book-Brain on Aug 1, 2011
Just saw the movie today in Trinidad. It is one of the best movies for the summer. You won't be disappointed - total entertainment from start to finish!
Cchaboo on Aug 4, 2011
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