If someone were to write down the plot of this movie and then I read it, I would say that this movie would be horrible. However, somehow, this movie was a great summer entertainment. I'm not sure if it is an 'OK' 'good movie or just a 'GREAT' 'bad' movie, but either way, I had fun watching it.
I think we finally found a motion-capture performance worthy of Oscar love. On the degree of difficulty scale, Andy Serkis' performance would have to be considered the most impressive performance of the year. While the technology allowed for the audience to suspend their disbelief, and believe that it was actually an ape on screen, it was the humanity in the ape that gave the audience an emotional connection to the movie. It is that performance that makes the movie work.
Having said that, there are a number of things wrong with the movie. James Franco had his least inspired performance in years; Franco was never meant to play conventional roles completely straight. He is not actually bad in the movie, he just does not really add anything to the movie. The movie also does not take advantage of the solid supporting character actors, John Lithgow and Brian Cox. So much more could have been done with them. Finally, Tom Felton, more famous for being Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, is so bad here that I fear he may never act again.
Movie Rating: 7/10