It’s a madhouse! screams Charlton Heston in “Planet of the Apes,” after suffering unending abuse at the hands of talking primates who treat him as a threat to their order. Almost fifty years after its release, it still works because it, too, is a madhouse: up is down; black is white; ape on top, man in the dirt—or in jail. This film is a classic, by which I mean, so fundamentally compelling that once you immerse yourself in it, you tend to accept its blatantly of-the-moment aspects.
Matt Zoller Seitz
July 24, 2016