Alright everyone, here we go!
The Most Surprising Movie of 2011!
This is the category honoring that great class of movie. The pleasant surprise. You go in with low or no expectations… and BOOM. You wind up enjoying the movie quite a bit. This is the movie which, in my opinion, exceeded our expectations the most…
The nominees are: “Bridesmaids”, “The Help”, “Moneyball”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, and “Warrior”.
“RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES”
The way that Hollywood churns out craptastic reheatings of old, “name” properties… With all their sequels and reimaginings and reboots and remakes… How could anyone expect anything of this movie? The last time this franchise was served up to us (Tim Burton’s version, 2001) we got burnt. Why should we have expected anything else here?
It was also a CGI powered film. I think, still, at this point, we don’t fully trust movies that rely on CGI so heavily. Too many times they turn out subpar, preventing us from completely investing in them.
But a funny thing happened on the way to being disappointed by this movie.
If the MAJOR Awards had a category for “Best Character”, Caesar would have been a shoo-in for a nomination and a front runner to win. The CGI/Mo-Cap creation (played by Andy Serkis of Gollum fame) was the best written character in the film. And the best acted. He was also, surprisingly, the star.
I think that that was one clever twist that the film’s marketing left out. Going into the movie with nothing to go by but the trailer, one would assume that the Apes were the villains and the humans were fighting them off. Well, the humans were fighting them off all right, but they weren’t the villains. By portraying the humans in the story as comically cruel, and creating an engrossing tale around Caesar’s rise to power, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” got you to cheer for the monkeys.
And cheer we did.
Each of the other movies were surprising, certainly. No one anticipated the runaway hit “Bridesmaids” would become, no one expected “The Help” to be such a high calibre film, and certainly no expected “Moneyball” to be a movie that would potentially draw Oscar attention. I don’t even think anyone knew about “Warrior”, LOL.
But none of them were as surprising as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. The Most Surprising Movie of 2011.
What do you think? Did I make the right call? Psyched to see Caesar take the Golden Banana? Or were you rooting for one of the other contenders? Sound off!!