T U E S D A Y - T O P - T E N [more like top eight]
-ranking the eight PLANET OF THE APES movies from best to worst-
1. PLANET OF THE APES [1968.franklyn j SCHAFFNER]
great ideas on paper and behind the camera that could have been portrayed like a caricature but instead thanks to many great risky choices [like that chase sequence without dialogue] and its patient telling of the whole story the many twists and turns are always exciting if not at least very entertaining.
a fresh start to one of the most interesting and most intriguing science fiction sagas that sets the very simple premise of man vs ape but managing to always be critical of mankind’s sociopolitical issues.
2. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [2014.matt REEVES]
a very good follow up to that 2011 film that homages and references the original saga in more ways that one while managing to craft a complex universe and dig deeper into the common sociopolitical themes that great science fiction should.
this is one of those rare second parts and sequels that manages to exceed expectations while paying tribute to the old and original plus building on the new reboot film series.
3. CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [1972.j lee THOMPSON]
film number four in this series and they still turn everything 180°; set in an incredibly dystopian society this film is a carefully crafted picture that raises stakes higher while managing to be a well fitted puzzle piece within this saga.
great ideas presented in a very bold way, this film might lack subtlety but it is the key piece in the explaining of the origin of the titled planet and an unexpected twist within this saga.
4. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [2011.rupert WYATT]
a well made film that never seizes to amaze and never stops surprising, featuring the CGI performance of a lifetime by ANDY SERKIS and the best case of visual storytelling in a while..
while it fails to open with the bang that most movies in this saga do it does build some great momentum and delivers a climatic ending followed by a hinting cliffhanger of what is to come.
5. PLANET OF THE APES [2001.tim BURTON]
some good ideas but the ending does take a lot of the attention away from the good production design, however many of the choices by director and writers are more than questionable.
i can see where some of the ideas came from and i can see also the merit in most of them but the ending/epilogue truly raises many questions in the worst of ways.
6. ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES [1971.don TAYLOR]
they somehow managed to continue this franchise after the catastrophe that was the last one; this film takes a 180° turn and deliver a picture with weak sociopolitical commentary but a good enough pace to keep you guessing.
it opens great while managing to answer the tough question “what just happened?” to the catastrophic end of its predecessor; it is quite good to see them try to deliver a political thriller that even if it does make sense it falls short.
7. BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES [1973.j lee THOMPSON]
the final piece in the series’ puzzle has a positive and positively puzzling end that left many wondering if things did or did not change; as well crafted as the other films this does not feel as closely special as the others.
as a last film in a saga this film does give you some closure but fails to be anything else than a compilation of ideas from the other four films that could not work before.
8. BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES [1970.ted POST]
crazy ideas that might be way too out there but at least the end is so gutsy, shocking and surprising that once you get past the confusion you can appreciate its silliness.
this is not a remake of the first movie even if everything seems to be almost the same with the exception of that very crazy final act that included nuclear warfare and psychic powers.