With Rise of the Planet of the Apes (looking like a sweet flick and) hitting theaters this week, I thought it might be fun to look at my favorite movies that feature a member of the primate family. Now there are a ton of these, and I’m sure I forgot some, so make sure and leave some of your favorites in the comments section below. That being said, this one is pretty straightforward so let’s jump right in…
EXCLUSIONS: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK & …OF THE APES.
The Apes films are the inspiration for this list so they get an automatic exclusion as the goal is to look at other films that have used primates well. I’d love to throw Raiders on here as well but if I keep putting my favorite movie on every list I do, it’s going to get a little old… so, I’m excluding it.
HONORABLE MENTION: KING KONG.
You can’t make a list like this without giving the big man credit but, I have to be honest, I’m not a big fan of any of the King Kong films. So, let’s just show him some respect and call him a movie monster so I don’t have to argue why it’s not on the list… snootches!
After Planet of the Apes and King Kong, Congo should be the first film you think of when it comes to primates. I like this movie because it’s actually a freaky film. It’s from the same author that wrote Jurassic Park and is to evil monkeys what that was to dinosaurs. If you haven’t seen it, go do that now and then come back!
4. GRANDMA’S BOY.
A while back, when doing MILFcast‘s tournament of champions, I tried to give this film away as a prize and no one would take it. I was stunned! This is one of the best comedies I’ve seen in the last 10 years. It’s actually one of the few comedies that makes me laugh… out loud… lol style! It features all of Adam Sandler’s real life buddies that have bit parts in all his films and one stoner chimp named, well, “Monkey”.
3. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL.
I’m actually bummed I remembered this film because it kicked Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back off the list but I can’t omit it. Fact is, you can say whatever you want about this franchise but the first film was great. And I love “Jack” the monkey (who was named after Sparrow) and how he’s part of the curse. SPOILER ALERT: He’s a ghost monkey!
Aladdin is arguably the greatest film in the renaissance Disney had in the 90′s. A classic on par with Disney’s earlier films. It has a lot of great characters in it but I love Abu. If you think about it, he’s kind of an unnecessary character since Genie is pretty much Aladdin’s sidekick. But the great minds over there at Disney did a great job of playing Abu off of Genie and finding humor in his jealousy.
1. 28 DAYS LATER.
Myself and Man, I Love Films’ contributor, Nick Jobe, consider this one of the greatest Zombie movies ever made. I’d say, next to Romero’s films, it’s probably the best. I love the reinterpretation of the genre and the way they made angry monkeys the source of the disease. It’s one of my favorite opening scenes of a movie!
So, let me have it… what are some of your favorites?