Close to perfect, and I did not expect to be saying that. Partly the CGI works so well because the creators put enough effort into it to not have to constantly wave the camera everywhere in its presence. Thoroughly convincing and even genuinely touching. I'd say this is the best man-plays-god sci-fi since Jurassic Park. 5 stars.
This film does not so much elicit a response from the viewer as prescribes one. What's really annoying is feeling betrayed by your body while watching it. So, CGI apes, extreme caricature (cruelty embodied in the animal keeper, greed in the guy running the corporation) all adds up to a pretty bland experience. From the minute the apes escape it's a standard disaster flick. 2.5 stars
From its marketing, "Rise..." was very capable of being just another rushed, CGI-laden catastrophe of a franchise reboot - à la "Clash of the Titans". It turns out that it is actually very well executed and ultimately the viewer becomes very invested in the apes, CGI or not. As I read one critic state, it breathes life into the word "movie" - entertaining, intriguing, and great for fans of the original storyline.
Despite the high hopes I couldn't suppress with the low expectations I had for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this was a great movie. The story and the writing are so good that I got past the imperfect CG apes and I actually had to remind myself that weren't real as my heart broke for them. There was some nonsense as far as realism went but I absolutely loved the fact that the story could go on or end right there.
I loved the original 1968 classic and also the Tim Burton's 2001 remake. But this one is the most emotional. Not only emotional, but also gripping and highly entertaining although not as intelligent as the original. The film handles the story well that concentrated heavily on the apes evolution. The CGI were absolutely amazing with depth and personality, and along with their body language and facial animations.
Even though it seemed like Franco/Pinto slept walked through their roles, the film shines brightly with a strongly paced story with a wonderfully written second protagonist in the character of Caesar. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a great example of what summer blockbusters should be - exciting, unpredictable, and above all, fun.
Went to the premiere for this steaming pile of shit tonight -- James Franco is horrible as usual, the CGI is below run-of-the-mill, the story is beyond predictable and the ending is a complete joke. Make no mistake, this film cost a shit load of money. WHO THE HELL GREEN-LIGHTS THIS SHIT?!?