Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

A Monkey Shines

Andy Serkis as Caesar (Twentieth Century Fox)
A review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I did not intend to review Rise of the Planet of the Apes. From afar, it looked like just another late-summer dud, an even more disposable reimagining of a beloved franchise than the dreary Apes reboot that Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg attempted in 2001. Its star, the overexposed James Franco, even badmouthed the movie a month before it opened, telling a Playboy interviewer that “I never thought of this movie as an example of my creativity. I was an actor for hire,” while predicting that hostile critics would blame him for the finished product.

He was wrong. The critics were

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