james franco is a good actor, but he’s not on his game here. his character is definitely problematic, but instead of playing him as tortured and conflicted by his allegiance to caesar (the laboratory chimp), his father and science, franco plays him as a guy who doesn’t do a lot of thinking. instead, he’s just a guy who kinda does what he needs to do to make others and himself happy at the time – steal some drugs and inject them in his father to hopefully cure him. take caesar to a park in spite of the fact that he’s a goddamn chimpanzee. it has several little references to the first planet of the apes movie which was cool. the visual effects were really good, especially when the chimps weren’t moving. movement still poses a problem for the effects artists, but they’ll get that eventually.
andy serkis (who plays caesar and played gollum in the lotr movies) was really good. he has this market (motion-based acting) cornered and will be remembered as a pioneer 20 years from now. caesar was actually the best character in the film and he’s largely to thank for that.Watched in theater