Thursday, November 18, 2010

Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape !


What a classic !

Flying on Etihad last week, I scanned through the "classic" movies, and there is was ... "Planet of the Apes" (the original, not the spoiled Tim Burton / Mark Wahlberg ripoff).

A month earlier, Emirates was showing "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly".

I'm a great movie buff, and think there are some worthy modern "classics" (read everything by Martin Scorsese, Guy Ritchie and Quinten Tarrantino), but there is something special about coming back to a film after so many years, especially one that was ground breaking and left such an impression when first seen.

PotA is a great example of this. With the lack of special effects (just outstanding wardrobes), the movie is reliant on the storyline, actors and the dialogue to engage the audience, and that entire execution makes it a very watchable film even today.

The classic lines ("Damn you ... Damn you all to hell"), Charlton Heston's superb portrayal of Taylor ("Bright Eyes"), the outstanding makeup (I still think the make up / costumes from the 1968 orignal beat the remake), the characters of Dr Zaius, Corneleus and Dr. Zira, and that soundtrack and theme tune ... all fantastic.

So much was its success, that they made 4 sequels and a TV series !

I have downloaded all 5 films for watching with the kids this half term week ... Their enjoyment of it will reveal a lot towards its true timelessness (as opposed to my nostalgia), and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I did at their age ...and beyond.

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