Now that Rise of the Planet of the Apes (#Apeswillrise / #elplanetasimios) released over the weekend in the US and will be opening on September 2nd in Mexico, I’ve had the chance to discuss it with people in general with very positive results (everyone who’s seen it agrees it’s a great surprise and that it surpassed or at least reached their expectations… which is amazing considering how high these were). But I also realized that it is most un-cool to say you remotely liked Tim Burton’s 2001 re-imagining.
Well, I confess I liked it. So sue me. But I’m a huge fan of the franchise, I grew up with it, I’m also a big Tim Burton fan, and I thought he did a very interesting take on the ape mythology. Rick Baker’s makeup was great (yeah, NOW we can do believable CGI apes, but that was still not the case back in ’01) and the ending was a brave attempt to update the original’s. I appreciated all of that. There, I said it.
And now, to top that one off, here I will proceed to declare my liking of other three such films (the ones that earn an exasperated eye-roll from movie “experts”):
The A-Team: Everyone ended up hating it. But I thought it was a very good updating of the original series, which I kinda liked because of their 80’s goofiness. Liam Neeson did a good job on George Peppard’s role and the other guys were fun to watch (I also got to work with most of them during their visit to Mexico!) I loved it when a plan came together. So there.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Granted, not one of Mr. Connery’s finest, but there have been much worse (Highlander II, anyone?) I also got to work on the marketing campaign for the movie in Mexico (which was very exciting, considering he's my all-time favorite actor!), and up until now, it’s Sean’s last movie before retiring. You gotta love that!
Mars Attacks: Yep, last but not least, another rare Burton-dud. But I loved it when the Martians blew up congress!! And watching such great actors having fun (even when it didn’t always feel you were attending the same party) made for a good, if not great, time (oh, and the Martians’ design, CGI animation and attitude were priceless!) Ack Ack!
This is why I always say there are no bad movies, only wrong audiences.
Is there a movie you've liked and everyone else hated? Now's the time to confess.
Have a great week, everyone!