I am having a tough time with my number one film of the year because I’m really still stuck between four films, and one is a documentary. One is Hugo. And another is Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The last I can’t yet talk about. But Rise of the Planet of the Apes, if the AMPAS had any true courage, you know, like they used to have way back pre-castration days — they’d nominate this film — easily one of the year’s unlikely success stories – they just have to have the courage to say, yeah I liked it, and so what? A great mural by Anthony Lister. Read more about it here. Writes the LA Times’ Geoff Boucher:
We don’t give out an award for the best film of the year here at Hero Complex but if we did, well, the name on the 2011 plaque would probably be “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
That’s right, even with all of the sci-fi, fantasy and super-hero films that soared across the screen this year, director Rupert Wyatt’s ape epic was the one that surprised us most, stayed with us the longest and delivered the most primal (and primate) emotion in a film of the fantastic.