A to Z Blogging Challenge: Movie Memories
Blogging about the movies that made an impact on my life
I admit it. I'm ape for Planet of the Apes (1968).
This was another "drive-in" movie that I watched with my family when I was a kid. I was too young to understand the "evolutionary" twist, but all those apes! And Charleton Heston was the coolest astronaut ever.
I vividly remember when the space ship landed and the female astronaut was found dead in the protective sleep shield thingy. She had aged during time travel...a crack in the shield or something. That started off one adventure after another. You hardly had time to catch your breath.
We learn that apes inhabit this strange world as superior beings while man is an uncivilized animal. Taylor (Heston) is captured and studied by scientists, Zira and Cornelius, who learn that he can talk and is far superior in intelligence than other humans. When the senate decide that Taylor is dangerous to their civilization, they want him killed, and Zira and Cornelius help him escape.
The ending was INSANE! The image of the Statue of Liberty on the beach has stayed with me my whole life. Looking back, I really think that this is one of the most dramatic visual cinematic moments in history. Considering the filmmaking techniques available in 1967, this was pretty amazing. Not just the physical image, but the truth it represents. The planet of the apes is Earth. Man destroyed his own world.