Planet of the Apes – Nostalgia Critic

Ready for more of Tim Burton’s monkey business? The Nostalgia Critic reviews 2001’s Planet of the Apes.

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  1. Whisky Tango Foxtrot

    Before anyone says it: Yes, the book did end with modern Earth society being run by apes but no, beyond that the movie’s ending had absolutely nothing to do with the book’s. The ending of the book showed that the events that lead to Soror (the planet, orbiting Betelgeuse, that the original novel took place on) being taken over by apes would also occur on Earth. The ending of the movie made no sense at all.

  2. Nostalgic_Movie_Fan

    No! Not a Jem movie. 🙁 I remember how bad the Josie and the Pussycats movie was years ago. Hollywood can’t mess up Jem.

    On a happier note, yay Spoony was in this. But, wait, isn’t Terl supposed to be dead? I guess we really do live inside the Plot Hole now. 🙂

    • You’ve not seen the movie trailers for Jem? You should, you really, really, should just so you can see how horribly Hollywood can do remakes/adaptations of old properties. They gave Jem a gritty reboot. Instead of it being, I dunno, a bunch of punk-rock girls doing battle with other rock groups or someother it’s presented as more of a angsty, dramatic, musician biopic centered around the Jem rock group.

    • They didn’t exactly do “Bratz” justice, either; but then, you can’t really do “justice” to a series of dolls that look like oversized bobbleheads…

    • There was a Josie and the Pussycats movie? Holy crap! They’ll make a movie out of anything! Even fad cartoons!

      • Actually, I really like the Josie movie. It’s a great commentary on fad commercialism and subliminal messalgores in music product placement, etc…

        I don’t know how much it’s like the comic, though. (Though one of the characters, played by Missie Pyle, is only in the movie because she was in the comic.)

  3. Well, it was inevitable. I really wish you would do Old vs. New again for Total Recall.

  4. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Thank god Doug did a nostalgic movie this review was awesome and I am definitely voting for Thade/Terl to be president(even though I’m not18 and I have 2 years until I can vote for them but still I’ll at least campaign). Definitely love Spoony as Terl too bad he’s not on the site anymore. Loved the ending since it has been parodied many times before but that is hail riots none the less(but how can Terl love a Jim and the hologram movie but him doing so made me laugh out loud). The film I haven’t seen it but this review summarized what I should feel for it. Definitely hated the teen character you brought since I hate when movies find teens rebellious(for example Jurassic world had two teens but I didn’t mind since it was only once while they did it twice in this flick). Like the reference to inside out. Also will there be a nostalgia critic f-ups part 4 video next week since you brought it up in the honest trailer? Speaking of them,liked the parody and reminds me I have to watch today’s honest trailer thnxs critic.

    Also can agree with you that the makeup on the monkies was done way better in this flick then in the new remakes(which still are good but that was because Andy Serkis is great but I need to see the first one rise of the planet of the apes back from 2010. Well time to search the Internet for that.

    • MidnightScreeningsman2014

      BTW I haven’t yet watched the trailer to the Jen movie yet but will watch diamanda hagans video on it so I won’t have to watch the trailer for it(Win,Win)!!!

  5. Well, let it never be said that Doug is afraid of self-critique.

  6. Why is travel through that storm so hard to figure out. It’s a SPACE/TIME WARP!
    1. Wahlberg’s chimp goes in and disappears in time – we see that chimp at the end of the movie.
    2. Wahlberg goes in and lands where? EARTH, only the Earth of a hundred thousand of years ago, or whatever.
    3. The idiot crew of the Oberon took their entire ship through the storm and crash landed even farther back in time. The apes they had on board began to rebel and “probably” eventually mingled with the natural primates of the planet thus creating the society of apes that we see.
    4. The chimp arrives and Wahlberg takes the ship back through the storm only to land on Earth of the future, his actual present time where he discovers the world is dominated by apes all because of his actions! If he hadn’t tried to rescue “his monkey” the Oberon wouldn’t have gone back in time and caused the APE-ocalypse and undone human history.
    5. That statue of Thade that people get so hung up upon, it’s not supposed to be of the Thade we knew. It likely was the image of one of his descendants. It also could have been of any important historical ape figure who just happened to look similar to the Thade we knew and had his name. Some names carry through the ages and some people will name their children anything they want without care of where that name came from, what it offen means or what history (good or bad) might be associated with it.

    That has been my understanding of this movie ever since I saw it in the theater when it was released. If I’m wrong about any of it, well then I’m quite happy to be wrong about it seeing as how it is the only way it makes sense to me.

    • A lot of leaps and presumptions in that. And it still lands on “how does present-day earth end up looking exactly like our Earth in having the same monuments, buildings, vehicles, uniforms and overall societal structure?

      • Since it’s been more than a decade since I saw that movie in its entirety I’m not claiming that my interpretation is what was intended by the filmmakers. I’m only saying that it makes enough sense for me to not be confused about it.
        I’m also not arguing with you or Doug about how Marky Mark’s NEW present day Earth looks almost exactly like the Earth he knew. Parallel’s and similarities in societal development has been a “thing” in science fiction for a very long time. Classic Star Trek is ripe with it. It’s either born out of familiarity, production convenience or both. It’s rather unavoidable so it’s something we just have to go with.
        Doug has a lot more points about what’s wrong that I’m also not going to argue. The whole script should have gone back for serious rewrites.

    • The planet that most of the movie takes place on has multiple moons, so it is definitely not Earth.

      Wahlberg’s character went thousands of years into the future when he went through the storm, while the Oberon remained in the present (the year 2029) when it went through.

      The Oberon started out in the vicinity of what appeared to be Saturn, and when Wahlberg’s character returns through the storm late in the movie, he emerges in that same location (near Saturn) and then flies to Earth.

      Thus the storm sends objects to an unknown planet in another solar system in addition to sending them through time.

  7. Victoria Heckman

    Okay, you have to review “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” now.

    I saw this rendition before I saw the original, and while it’s not half as good as the 1960s version, I look back on it as “Okay”. I like it for the sets, the costumes and the music, and I really liked Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Giamatti in this movie. Everything else was rather forgettable, especially Mark Walberg. (He’s a regular Gary Stu.)
    Will I watch it again? Probably not. It’s good for the behind-the-scenes work put into it, but the original is the one that’s worth seeing multiple times for the story, characters and cinematography. (And the ape makeup for that film was very groundbreaking for its time.)

    Frankly, the bad in-jokes in this movie aren’t half as grating as the ones from “Rise”. (At least with this movie I can say, “Eh, cute. Cute joke.”)

    Love that Thade For President ad. (I think the internet lit up in joy to see Terl again.)

  8. That President Thade mask is seriously creepy. Great review!

  9. Three Degrees of Bacon

    Kinda surprised to see Terl as the VP candidate. With the buildup, I was expecting Tommy Wisseau.

  10. Can someone please explain that Confederate flag joke to me.

    • Commentary, I suppose, on the recent debates over the Confederate Flag. You could probably paint the apes in the movie as the Confederates sense they were trying to keep a group of intelligent beings -humans- as slaves, paralleling how The South tried to keep slavery going through The Civil War.

  11. Seriously Doug you consider Putin the bad guy?

  12. Got to say, HBC in this movie worked for me… Sorta. Don’t get why Markie Mark went for her over vapid blond girl though, or that there was supposed to be *anything* there between MM and VBG but, whatever.

    I remember seeing this movie when it first came out and pretty much liking it okay but huge chunks of it made little sense and were just silly. The makeup, costuming and stunt work was all good but the senseless ending just did not make any sense whatsoever.

  13. Well that certainly was the best episode opening ever. I’ve always known how self-aware Doug is but this was just the icing on the cake.

  14. Coming soon to ABC, Thade & Terl! One of them is an over the top evil dictator from a future where apes rule over humans, while the other is an over the top dictator from a future where aliens rule over humans! They’re wackiest, mismatched roommates you ever did see! Thade & Terl! Don’t miss it! XD

    P.S. great review of an awful movie Doug, & I agree the make up effects are pretty impressive, too bad the rest of the flick didn’t measure up >_<

  15. Kris Stark-Holmes

    Yasssssss I hope we see more of Turrel and the ape dooing the political thing because its hilarious. Also, what’s jem?

  16. Super awesome review! By the way, can you please review the movie Freddie As F.R.O.7? That would make a hilarious review. The full movie can be viewed on Youtube.

  17. Speaking as a Tim Burton fan, this is his worst film to date!

  18. Bloodsehd113094

    Spoony always steals the show, but you didn’t even reference how Dr. Inusano ran for president in ’08? Shame on you, Critic.

  19. Also, the awkward cheesy masked off flat screen CRTs, when flat panel LCDs that were even cheesier, yet more believable (*cough* ENTERPRISE *cough*) with the budget they had. Tim could have done one less bump of coke a day to salvage the budget for that.

  20. I have three things I want to say!:

    First: How did you get Screen Junkies to make an Honest Trailer of the Nostalgia Critic?!

    Second: How do you get a job at Channel Awesome?

    Third: Where did you get the Thade costume?! that was awesome!

    That is all.

    • ThatManWithTheHeadband12

      He met Jon Bailey at a convention and has since made appearances on Movie Fights and an unreleased Screen Junkies Show. Doug is the lead talent of Channel Awesome. The site was built with him in mind

  21. Ok I’m going to say it. I think the Robocop remake was good.

  22. I hate it when movies make horses fall. They could easily brake their legs doing that, and a broken leg is a death sentence for a horse.

  23. TooMuchFreeTime

    I think what you said about it being bestiality is unfair. I’m sure you’d have no problem with him snogging someone like the green woman from Guardians of the Galaxy who, even if she looks more human, would have less genetically in common with a human than chimp woman would.

  24. My God, that honest trailer was great. LOL, they’re not wrong. Also, I didn’t expect the Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo Doug song. Anyways, I have never seen this movie but this is the second review that I have seen on it so I knew what was to come. Oh, my God! Doug in that Monkey makeup was cracking me up. I don’t think that the Jem movie will be that bad.

    I already watch Todd in the Shadows.

  25. OMG! That’s Snooky!

  26. So, where is the joke in “you damn dirty human” and “damn them all to hell”? I dont get why Dougs says those are jokes, Im clearly missing something.

  27. I actually did what Tamara did when my favorite theater was torn down.

  28. ThatAnimeChick

    Gotta admit, this was a pretty damn funny review, from the self-deprecating opening to the dance-off at the end, I was not lacking in something to enjoy. Plus, it was great seeing Spoony as Turl again, that was a nice surprise.

    Also, am I the only one reminded of that one MST3K episode where it was revealed that apes ruled the world, all because Mike’s family had a thing for monkeys? I can’t be the only one, right? (And no, I’m not going into the whole “bestiality” thing, plus I don’t know how to go into it anyways…)

  29. Here’s a VERY interesting thing I found out about this review.

    Looks closer at the blaster toy, the one that astronaut chick is using. It’s the same exact toy Id Software used to draw graphics of BFG 9000 for their game Doom.

    Here’s some images to prove this:

    What a coincidence!

  30. dahuterschuter

    I miss Rachel’s boobs.

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