Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

An ape on a flagpole observing the destruction. I couldn't resist this image.

It’s been ten years and one really nasty genetically-engineered plague since the first movie in this new series, and the world just isn’t what it used to be. Caesar (Andy Serkis of the Hobbit / Lord of the Rings franchises) and his followers, settled comfortably in the redwood forests near what’s left of San Francisco, haven’t seen a single sign of a human for two years now and are reasonably sure they’re all gone.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins, off on an adventure!

As everyone was leaving the theatre, I heard a man asking his companions — in what seemed a very annoyed tone — if he would have to come back again to watch the second part (The Desolation of Smaug, due in 2013). “Well, of course,” was the reply, though either his companions didn’t know or didn’t have the heart to tell him that there’s now also a third part, namely There and Back Again, due in 2014. I’m a little nervous about the whole back and forth between two movies and three, since already the pacing occasionally seemed a bit off in this one.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Commuter traffic is enough to make anyone go ape.

It occurred to me while at the theatre that probably a good proportion of the people there had never seen the original Planet of the Apes. They work in one of the most ultra-famous lines from the original at one point, and aside from me, only about five people reacted. This is probably not the reaction the filmmakers might have hoped for, but really, you don’t have to know the first film very well.
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