Last night, Mrs. Wanders and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary by going out to see "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Somehow, this seemed appropriate since on the evening I proposed, I took her to the opening of "Wayne's World."
We loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I'm just saying. The film features James Franco as a well intentioned, if unethical, scientist searching for the cure to Alzheimers. I have kind of liked James Franco since I learned that he was raised in Palo Alto, California, where I was raised. Also, he was an excellent Green Goblin Junior.
Of course, Franco's boss is a less ethical, money-driven chap who you just know is going to meet a grizzly death in the end. SPOILER ALERT: He does.
Franco ends up rescuing a baby chimp named Caesar (played by Gollum) who has been genetically infused with the experimental drug passed on from his mother who was put down for getting too rowdy in the lab.
From there, it is just a matter of time before apes party it up in San Francisco like it's 1999.
This movie made me smile for many reasons. I spent much of my childhood attending "Go Ape" festivals at movie theaters in the Bay Area. Mom would drop us off and we would watch three Planet of the Apes movies in a row. Kids would shout and throw things from the balcony. Ushers would dress up like apes and run down the aisles and we would chase them all over the theater in the dark. We'd emerge from our simian rapture fueled up on popcorn and Joo-Joo Bees (not a good combination for your molars. Trust me on that), and run around the neighborhood with our tongues pressed behind our lower lips, scratching our armpits, and grunting "Hu hu hu."
So, I can totally recommend Rise of the Planet of the Apes to anyone who watched these films as a kid, or, if you still are a kid, whose parents made you watch any of the originals (like my kids). Also, keep in mind, this recommendation is coming from a man who blogs about Mary Worth.
The following preview is one of those previews that probably shows you more than you want to know if you plan to see the movie, but if you don't plan to see it, it could change your mind.