'Rise of the Planet of the Apes': What Moviegoers Say

9:52 AM PST 08/06/2011 by THR staff
20th Century Fox

“Compelling & just insanely fun. Solid A(pes),” comedian Dane Cook said of the James Franco-Freida Pinto film.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the latest iteration in the Planet of the Apes franchise, but this time the feature stars James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow. Andy Serkis, not seen in the film, plays the ape Caesar.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is expected to make somewhere in the mid-$40 million range in its debut weekend at the U.S. box office, overperforming on Friday with $19.8 million in receipts.

PHOTOS: The Many Faces of Andy Serkis

Critics gave it positive reviews with The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy saying, "It’s Apes 1, Humans 0 after the first round of this solid reboot of the perennially successful franchise."

But what did moviegoers think of the Rupert Wyatt-directed feature?

Comedian Dane Cook agreed with the critics, tweeting, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes was awesome. Compelling & just insanely fun. Solid A(pes)."

VIDEOS: 'Planet of the Apes': A Film Evolution

Christopher Ryan seconded the assessment, writing, "Highly recommend u go see it! My Emotions were high sitting in that theatre. Great story. #fivestars."

Jason Calacanis told future moviegoers that the ending of the film paid off well. "Rise of the Planet of the apes was aawesome scifi summer fun! Great ending... Wait forr it!," he tweeted.

J. Aaron Smith wrote, ".. the not so subtle setups for sequels, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was good."

A user with the accont @nikeda83 tweeted: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes is great! Must see 4 fans of the 1968 original & if you're not already a fan, Rise will definitely u 1."

"They should have stuck with the original title for Rise of the Planet of the Apes... American Gangster: Caesar: King of The Apes," wrote another user with the account @misterperfekt.

Brian George also enjoyed the Franco film, writing, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes was awesome last night. Amazing effects. Kinda scary that it's not that far fetched."

Haris Jumadi enjoyed it so much that he was contemplating seeing the film again. "From acting, to directing, to script... it's just amazing I'm thinking of watching it again."

Zack Oz Brooks, however, wasn't buying into the good reviews, tweeting, "I don't care how good the reviews for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes are, a movie about the Chimpocalypse is just a ridiculously stupid idea."

Dannielle Dlro asked, "Is it weird that I'm totally really excited for the rise of the planet of the apes"?

comments powered by Disqus