Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This is a prequel to the 1968 and 2001 movie “Planet of the Apes” starring Charlton Heston and Mark Wahlberg respectively.  In this film Will Rodman, played by James Franco, is searching for a cure of Alzheimer by genetically engineering a virus and testing them on chimpanzees.  The outcome lead to a short term cure which he had to modify to make it more potent.  The new potent cure dramatically increases the intelligence of the chimps but causes unwarranted side effects on humans.

This movie is a surprisingly entertaining with a great story line. It’s definitely one of the top movies of the summer. When it comes to prequels Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Your Highness

James Franco and Danny McBride play two brothers, Fabious and Thadeus, who goes on a quest to rescue Fabious’s wife from the evil wizard Lazar. They encounter and battle many creatures and monsters along the way, and they even meet a beautiful woman who shares the same goal of killing the evil wizard.

This comedic fantasy adventure is more like the midevil version of Pineapple Express; lots smoking and juvenile antics, but less funny. The comedy feels like it was forced and McBride isn’t as funny in his previous movies. Overall there are moments of hilarity but there wasn’t enough for me.

Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆



January is not a popular month for movies as all the big releases are usually set around the Holiday season. Annapolis isn’t much of a military movie, but a military school movie. James Franco plays a young man who gets accepted to Annapolis, a Naval Academy. No one believes in him and expects him to fail. The story is definately not original and everyone will know the outcome. Annapolis involves Franco joining a boxing tournement in the Academy. At times it seems more like a Rocky movie. Franco has a love interest in the movie, but it never materializes. I wouldn’t say this is a romantic movie, an inspirational movie, or even a sports movie. It falls somewhere between, ‘I only saw this because there was nothing else’ movie.

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆