'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' triumphs with the critics

I am a huge fan of 'Planet of the Apes'. Having said that, I am a little uneasy about this new installment. Several years ago, I bought my husband the box set. He had not seen the beginning and did not want the 'remake' to be his only introduction to this world. We will go and see it, hopefully
it will do justice to the original.

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," almost lost in the stampede of huge summer blockbusters, probably would not have appeared on anyone's list of most-anticipated films two weeks ago. But all of a sudden, the little-monkey-movie-that-could is emerging from out of nowhere as one of the heat season's biggest surprises.

The Times' Kenneth Turan doesn't go overboard in his praise. He says, it's "smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable, it's a model summer diversion that entertains without insulting your intelligence." Though he has praise for the writing, direction and the film's human stars, Turan singles out performer Andy Serkis and his fellow performance-capture thespians: "All this technology wouldn't be as dazzling as it is without the work of the actors (some from Cirque du Soleil) who wear the motion capture suits, especially the redoubtable Andy Serkis."

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