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Showing its age
on 10 July 2016
Despite the fact that enjoyed this first time around, back in 1984, this time I found it ponderous and pompous, packed with cliches about the landed gentry and idiot guns-blazing colonial numpties. The filming *is* gorgeous, I give you that, but the apes seem somewhat ridiculous compared to today's effects.
And the story... is... so... slow. It has all the subtlety of a stampeding rhino. Most Pixar cartoons have more nuanced characters in them. So either films have gotten better in the past three decades, or I'm more discerning these days. (And I do have a decent attention span, I promise. 2001 is a fave and has worn extremely well. This... has not).
If you enjoy languid landscape cinematography and costume dramas then you might enjoy it. I kept waiting for the good bit to arrive.