“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a fantastic movie and one that not only made me yearn for more but also revitalized my interest in the classic films. James Franco's performance is flawless as Will, a scientist working for a company trying to develop a cure for Alzheimers who accidentally stumbles across a way to drastically improve the intelligence of one of the test chimps the company uses. After a dramatic accident, Franco ends up smuggling the baby of this intelligent chimp, named Caesar back to his home where over the course of the next several years the two form an incredibly close bond. I won’t give away how we get from lovable intelligent chimp to the beginnings of the planet of the apes, but suffice it to say the story is very well thought out and leaves no loose ends. Overall, the film’s best aspect is its believability. It all seems like something which could actually occur and that only serves to further peek the viewers interest. Great supporting roles by John Lithgow as Will’s father and Freida Pinto as Will’s love interest also help the viewer to empathize with not only the apes in particular but also humanity itself as we come to grips with the significance of what we’ve done. While some throwbacks to the original films of the 1970’s and 80’s feel forced like the classic “get your hands off me you damn dirty ape” line which does show up, other instances are more subtle and will make fans of the originals happy that this is not only a Planet of the Apes for a new generation, but also one that plays tribute to its predecessors.