After the pleasant diversion of the composers series, The Extended Play Movie Podcast is ready to get back to work. While you indulged us with our discussions of composers, we gave our souls to watch the next series of movies. This series is devoted to movies that were perceived to be horrible. Okay, maybe not horrible but bad. “What it Really That Bad?” is a series that looks back on some of the most reviled movies and given them a second look. Did they deserve the criticism that they deserved when they were released? Did they age better?
Unfortunately, the ultimate answer is no. Particularly this film, the 2001 Tim Burton “re-imagined” Planet of the Apes. This was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer and did not live up to the hype then. However, the film did not age better. It was incredibly painful to watch. Personally, I am a huge Planet of the Apes fan. I own all the original films on Blu-ray and adore the rebooted trilogy.
Why is it so bad?
Given the cult following the original films received, and the carefully crafted epic of the new trilogy, Tim Burton’s version is without heart. The film manages to remove anything that would make it Apes film. You have shallow racism and slavery, but the other films provided social commentary. Using the allegory of Apes, it managed to dissect human social ideals into an external story. Let us not forget that Andy Serkis as Cesar is one of the most riveting elements of the new films. In the end, the film is painful to watch because we have seen them get incredibly better.
We could spend hours ripping apart the casting, the acting, and the script. Unfortunately, everyone knows this. Mark Wahlberg was miscast as the lead. In this film, he is a step above Scott Eastwood, but not by much. The film tried to be a sum of its parts but all of those parts were cliched and troupes. We encourage you to skip this movie but not the podcast. There is a hope that our pain will allow you to live without this soul-crushing experience.