Koba’s Beef

One of the cable networks was showing a marathon of the old Planet of the Apes movies on Thursday. I flipped past SyFy as it was in the middle of one of my favorites, Escape from the Planet of the Apes. As my son and I watched it together, I looked up movie times for the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Although the official opening day for the movie is today, many theaters had a late screening Thursday night. My son and I went to a 10:00 p.m. showing. We had a choice between the 2D and the 3D versions. 3D cost $3 more. When I asked him, the ticket seller told me that they sold 25 tickets to the 2D show but only 3 for the 3D. My son and I raised the 2D count to 27.

I found the movie to be enjoyable. The only slow parts were scenes without any apes as Jason Clarke (Malcolm) and Keri Russell (Ellie) talked about their plans to fix a hydroelectric dam. Gary Oldman (Dreyfus) played the leader of the human survivors. As the threat from the apes became imminent, I wondered why he didn’t just call Batman.

We know from the previous film that Caesar has acquired the power of speech. However he mainly uses sign language to communicate with his fellow apes. As the film goes on, a few of them speak but not as well as Caesar.

It occurred to me that the apes’ progress was similar to what we know of early hominids such as Australopithecus. Then I wondered how mad the apes would be when their future generations begin to lose their fur and evolve into humans.

The number one rule in the apes’ Utopian society is “ape not kill ape.” Once that rule is broken in the film, it’s like Cain killing Abel all over again.

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