Friday, August 12, 2011

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

I’m a human being so I was appalled at the anti-human spectacle of this movie. I’m sorry, but the “goddamned dirty apes” were bad guys—from Caesar on down--and a serious threat to human society, so I wasn’t going to root for them. It would be like rooting for the aliens in WAR OF THE WORLDS or INDEPENDENCE DAY. Or the giant ants in THEM! Or a World War II movie in which the Nazis win and the audience is expected to cheer them on. Alas, I can hear you say, but the ape monsters were created by humans, so didn’t the humans deserve their comeuppance? Well, that’s like making the case in that hypothetical pro-Nazi movie that the Germans were so screwed by the Treaty of Versailles after WWI that the rise of Nazism was inevitable. Sure, that’s a valid argument, but does it mean we shouldn’t have fought them? Does it justify the Holocaust? Fortunately for 20th Century Fox, there are enough self-hating humans in the audience to have made RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES a big hit.
Posted on Mobius Home Video Forum on August 12, 2011

I'm not sure how seriously to take this. I'm willing to grant that it is satiric, faux outrage: it was posted by a "Brian Camp" after all. But even so...why does everything have to come back to Nazis? Isn't there any other symbol or metaphor for bad things? Are Nazis all we have left?

At this point, using the Third Reich as a point of comparison is like yelling "Freebird!" at a concert.

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