Hello everyone. So last weekend I went to the Film Forum with my Uncle. We have done this for many years, go to NY to see older movies. Before the movie, we went to a great restaurant called Sammy’s which I highly recommend everyone check out. If you want the address I can message it to you. Great prices and huge portions. Don’t let the odd reviews online throw you. I’ve been going to it for many years. They have the BEST sesame noodles. THE BEST!
After we ate, we went to see Planet of the Apes. I haven’t seen it in a while, which worked out great because it was a restored digital print. It was fantastic besides the last scene which was grainy. I found that odd because the rest of the movie was so crisp and clean. It might have been intentionally shot that way and I just never noticed. The sound was also spot on. Every rifle shot and yell was quite clear.
Planet of the Apes was just as good as I remembered. A bit of hokey acting here and there but because of the time it was filmed that sort of thing is to be expected. I did find it amusing to hear Heston talk about peace and to see what a lunatic he is now in contrast. I digress though… The movie is great and still holds up very well. The themes must have been considered extremely risqué and downright sacrilege in 1968. I am really surprised it was even made. That being said, with how polarized the country is now the movie is more important than ever just as an artistic piece alone.
The older the movie, the harder it is to give a grade rating. Do I grade it on a present day scale or would moving it back to the day it originally was featured be more appropriate? Sometimes things are not as easy as they should be. I also try to look at everything from an unbiased point of view and to leave my personal feelings out as best I can, grading on sheer art value alone. However, the message of this movie is something special and with a sci-fi backdrop it becomes even more appealing as a whole. So, what I will say is go see this classic if you have not already. It is a great movie with several powerful messages.
I also watched Gasland II but that review will be saved for next week. I hope you all have a great week and be sure to check back for more book and movie reviews.