TRH (The Retired Husband) and I went to the movies today – again. Our taste in movies is like night and day. I’m not a big fan of what I call ‘mindless violence’ movies. However, I am a lone female in a household of three men who enjoy the bang, bang stuff. Which means I have seen my fair share of them over the years. Two weeks ago we went to see Dunkirk.
This well known world war two battle was portrayed from a very different, and more personal perspective through the eyes of several main characters. I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong. There was still plenty of the gruesome war stuff in it. However, the focus was far more strongly aligned with the emotional impact of war. It was, as these kinds of movies always are, a sobering reminder of the horrors of war. And a testament to how extreme conditions either build or break a human character.
Today we went to see a sci-fi movie, War for the Planet of the Apes. Many years ago there used to be a TV mini series that we watched every week, following the story of Caesar.
This too was surprising in that its focus was to a large extent on the emotional impact of inter-species conflict. And how extreme conditions, prejudice, fear and hatred can either build or break beings whether they be human or ape. In this instance the apes won hands down.
On a lighter note, there is some light comic relief provided by Bad Ape who turns out to be a reluctant hero. Interestingly, Caesar for most of the movie, is the only one who speaks in English. The others grunt and sign their way through, beginning to develop language by the end of the movie. And humans lose their language skills.
Caesar sets out on a mission of revenge when his family is slaughtered. He is joined by three of his friends – a gorilla, a chimpanzee and an orangutan. The orangutan is cute and cuddly. Even the gorilla shows his soft side. And the chimpanzee sacrifices his life to save his friends.
There is much food for thought in this one. It does not portray humans in a good light at all. A sobering thought given the current global events.
Did I enjoy the movies? Can’t say that I did. They’re not the kind of movies you go to see for fun. Well, at least I don’t. I would have preferred a good comedy or an animated movie.
© Raili Tanska