I originally heard about this movie several months ago, back when it was going by the name Caesar (which changed to Rise of the Apes before going to Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Being a fairly big nerd as far as the PoTA franchise goes, I was pretty excited and hoping for a giant step up from Tim Burton's remake of the original movie. Though after seeing this trailer I'm left a bit skeptical. D:
As far as I can tell this is a remake, or maybe more accurately a re-imagining or retelling, of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. For those who haven't seen it, the movie essentially sets the premise that Zira and Cornelius (the two apes from the original movie) came back in time and warned the humans of what their future was like, in hopes that they could prevent one species from dominating or exterminating the other. Humans, being human, feared this news and the messengers who brought it, and ordered their execution, but not before Zira gave birth to a son who was sent into hiding. Years later their son, Caesar (who, as a descendant of Zira and Cornelius, is an intelligent ape capable of speech), would be brought out of hiding into a major city, where he sees the state of his kind; kept as slaves, or pets at best. After a few inciting incidents Caesar starts a rebellion.
This remake seems to stray away from all of that, which makes me really sad, lol. The idea that the ape intelligence was something man-made and that it somehow made them "evil" (or that they're inherently so) seems like it just makes the story too black and white and loses all the dynamic and flavor of the original movie. Now, given, the original film was set as part of a series, and perhaps they wanted this movie to be able to stand alone and merely hint at the old franchise for us old folk and nerds. Though, if that's the case, I wish they would have stuck with a less traditional name. I mean, when I originally read about this film, it was set next to an image of the main ape and was titled Caesar, that was enough for me to know what that movie was going to be, lol.
So I don't know, as an avid fan of the original movies, it's going to be hard to watch this and judge it on its own merit. What are your thoughts?