Can someone please tell me how I am suppose to feel about FOX’s Planet of the Apes prequel/reboot? I hated Tim Burton’s 2001 version of the cult “apes rule the world” franchise. I also hate FOX (who doesn’t). They never do anything right. I want so badly to hate Rise of the Planet of the Apes solely because of my complete lack of faith in 20th Century Fox and because they named it ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. Seriously, that’s one too many words. But, the more I hear and see of this monkey business the more my head turns like a puppy.

Lets looks at some positives shall we. My penis is party size. That’s really not relevant. I just thought you should know. Seriously, I like who’s involved. James Franco and Andy Serkis are the leading roles. Franco plays “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” Serkis plays the ape Ceasar who leads the ape revolt. What wrong have these two ever done?

I like it’s allegory. Mans genetic engineering leading to the development of intelligent apes and the onset of war for supremacy is a cautionary tale that never gets old.

Lastly, I like that Lord of the Rings special effects team WETA has their crafty hands all over it. Especially given the sneak peak of Cesar the ape which was released a few weeks ago (and seen below). The detail and soul captured in the animatronic/CG was astonishing.

Now FOX has released a full trailer to ponder over. It does seem to promise a genuinely unique rebooting of the classic scifi film franchise.

I guess, as of right now I am cautiously optimistic. Check out the trailer below a let me know if you think FOX might have actually done something right this time.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on August 5th 2011.

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