Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes Movie Review……………………………………………….

Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Planet of the Apes is a 2001 science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg. It is such a bad remake that is certainly one of the director’s worst films.

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Never send a monkey to do a man’s job

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Planet of the Apes Movie Review……………………………………………….

I really disliked this film. It serves as a remake to the classic 1968 original, but not only does it butcher it, it also doesn’t know its own identity. It at times tries to emulate it by copying its scenes, but at other times it tries to change things and the result is wildly uneven and, needless to say, very messy.

I don’t know what Tim Burton was thinking when making this film, but it ended up being one of his worst movies as it is so bad. The storyline is so inexcusably complicated, but convoluted in a bad way as I never knew what the hell I was watching. It tried to be romance at times, but it failed. It mostly remained a boring, overly action oriented blockbuster film that is just action and almost nothing else throughout the majority of its running time.

The only good things about the film are the costumes which are very good and look more realistic and polished then before obviously and the effects are fine. The film isn’t terrible, but it is still bad and a two-star film in my opinion as it trades story and themes for action and campiness as yes, some scenes are so silly that I it baffled me what I was watching.

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It is overly dark both in its cinematography and in its approach and although it starts off somewhat promising, it quickly becomes bad, thoroughly uninvolving and completely misguided to the point of having to turn off your brain if you want to at least finish it off. The ending is ridiculously convoluted and to me just stupid. And let’s talk about Mark Wahlberg. Oh boy. I have to agree with most of my YouTubers in that his performance here is truly bad and his puppy expressions and always the same face and tone of voice hurt this film tremendously. The others aren’t too great either, but he totally butchered it as the protagonist.

Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes is such a butchered, misguided and thoroughly unappealing effort that I was surprised that he made such a bad movie as his movies are usually very good. The costumes are admittedly very good, but Mark Wahlberg’s performance here is so bad, the film is overly dark and action oriented and the plot is one giant incomprehensible nonsense leading to one of the director’s worst films and one of the worst remakes I’ve seen.

My Rating – 2

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