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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Planet of the Apes

Dear Nurse Dave,
Where have you been?  I was just watching Planet of the Apes the other day and I wonder if you think Charlton Heston may have pushed it a bit too far?  I think we can all appreciate why he was so upset with the apes but why was he so upset with the human race?

Maggie, East Rutherford, NJ

Well, Maggie I've been a bit busy.  I'm enrolled in school and I've been really trying to focus on my weight lifting so you know how it goes.

Anyway I don't think its possible for Charlton to take it too far.  Each time he has a mental breakdown and yells out during Planet of the Apes it takes the movie to an entirely new level.  His performance saves the movie from being a glass of warm milk and turns the movie into chocolate milk (maybe even super chocolate milk which is chocolate milk with frozen banannas and peanut butter blended into it).  From the classic, "Take your stinkin' paws off me..." to the maybe even more classic, "Its a madhouse!" The man just nails it.

Now to carry on with the discussion regarding the human race I do think that Charlton has a view that is a little too negative.  The whole reason Charlton accepts the mission to space to begin with is to try to find something better than humanity in the universe.  Unfortunately he doesn't.  He finds the Apes.  He really needs to relax and see the good in people.  He's able to do this a little bit during the film by making friends with the super hot mute babe.  But in the end he just gets more disappointed.  I don't want to spoil the ending for anybody but let's just say it isn't happy and doesn't reflect well on humanity.  It also involves Charlton yelling for one final time, "You maniacs!" He just can't stop nailing it. 

Side note:  Two actors dressed as chimpanzees kissing just shouldn't really happy.

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