PLANET OF THE APES (iTunes) – This 2001 remake doesn’t try very hard on all fronts. Could they make the wire-fu look any lamer? It takes all of the excellent costuming and effects and turns them into bad cartoons.
Most of the apes have great prosthetics, and the actors seem to have worked to get mannerisms that are believable enough… But somehow Helena Bonham Carter gets makeup that looks completely fake; it doesn’t move as well as the others, and makes her look like she’s sculpted out of plastic. It’s jarring, and not in the way you’d expect from Helena.
What an amazing ending on the ape planet! Thousands of years of religion and they all easily throw away their core system of beliefs in am afternoon unanimously? What an asinine storyline.
I guess it doesn’t really matter, considering that most of the characters are hardly more than surface deep. No one, not even the lead is more than a single motivation wrapped in meat.
The second ending is funny, but pointless other than having a nice replacement for the old Statue of Liberty scene.
THE INFORMANT (DVD) – I’m not really sure what I think about this film. I get that it’s supposed to be a comedy, but it just feels like making fun of a crazy man… Something about the voice that’s used here that I just can’t connect with. Unfortunately, casting a bunch of comics doesn’t make the film actually imbue humor on the film without allowing them to be funny.