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Thu 22 Jan 2004

They don't make 'em like they used to

Category : movies

I woke up from a deep sleep to be (surprisingly) enthralled by my first viewing of Planet of the Apes (1968) which had just begun on tv. It's central thesis is man's destructive nature, understandable in a movie from the 60's. After watching this 1968 version, Tim Burton's 2001 movie pales in comparison. It lacked the intelligence of the first movie.

Ratings at IMDB suggests this is old news. I ranked the 1968 and 2001 movies 8 and 5 out of 10 respectively. More than 15,000 IMBD subscribers ranked them 7.8 and 5.7. Burton's movie disgruntled the fans! He might have tried a different approach but made the mistake of going up against a classic. Well, he's not finished. Apparently he has a sequel up his sleeve. Groan!

I must confess I absolutely loved his rendition of Batman (1989) though.

I missed some of the trivia in this movie - At the tribunal, when Taylor tries to explain his origins, the three ape judges sequentially cover their eyes, ears, and mouth, paralleling the famous "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" saying.

Possibly the most memorable quote is Cornelius: [reading from the sacred scrolls of the apes] Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him, for he is the harbinger of death.

I can accept that - man will bring about armageddon; actually its already upon us. Ask any environmentalist. This development has been less subtle than evolution but more discreet that a nuclear holocaust. Yet it has escaped the attention of many, including some who maintain a countdown! Sheesh, we're already in the midst of a war; swords and guns not required for this one.

The optimists have faith in the better sense of man. They battle on and look forward to the peace on earth promised by the folklore and legends of many cultures. In the meantime, you can take refuge in Star Trek for hope!

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