For the record, apes are not monkeys. Monkeys have tails, apes do not. This is not a planet of the monkeys, and even though monkey is a funnier word than ape, the two are not interchangeable, much as everyone wishes chimps were monkeys.
The late Charlton Heston was the star of the original film, and he returned in a vastly different role in Tim Burton’s “reimagining” of the seminal piece of science-fiction, playing an elder ape preaching hatred for humanity and spurring Tim Roth’s villainous Thade to further antagonism. Mark Wahlberg steps into the original Heston role as an astronaut stranded on a strange alternate world where apes have dominion and humans are treated as slave labor. With the help of Helena Bonham Carter’s sympathetic liberal ape Ari, there’s an eventual escape with high drama and adventure. But really, guys like Michael Clarke Duncan and Paul Giamatti in ape makeup running around causing havoc is awesome, no matter how you think this film stacks up to the original. Watch it now. Enjoy some sweet monkey fun!