Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans


If I had to pick one movie I had to watch over and over for its artistic merit, this would be it. And that doesn’t even count the story, which blows my mind (especially the ending). Truly timeless. I would love for this to be my movie.

Great flavor. Well-shot. Fantastic use of color, and I love the 60’s Dutch angles and zooms. Some great humor and great metaphors. Great acting all around. Nova’s a cutie, and those apes are fantastic. A few cheesy lines/moments (particularly with Chuck and particularly with the bad dialogue dubbing), but it just adds character.

After repeated viewings, I am beginning to wonder if perhaps the story is missing something. Perhaps a larger climax or more conflict of some kind in the middle.

Feels like it should have been a Kubrick film. Kubrickian cinematography. A Kubrickian killer revelation at the end. And Heston would be a typical Kubrick leading man.

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