From the outside and outside only, this place always seems a bit classier than the Reading Cinema or the Maya Cinema which is located out on California Avenue. But inside, the Maya has them both beat for comfort. We decided to go ahead and get popcorn and diet sodas even though the popcorn would wreck my diet. But we both passed on the butter. I also like the fact that they actually give you your popcorn in a bucket instead of some flimsy half assed bag like they do at The Valley Plaza Reading. Ugh!
As you can see there was the usual crap on the screen, a few scenes from upcoming movies. an advertisement for some wellness center etc. We were there so early that by the time the real movie previews started, Honorable Son had to go out and refill the popcorn. He returned just after we found out that this was a 20th Century Fox Film and a Chernins Production.
I have to admit I didn’t have high hopes for this newest version of Planet of the Apes. I’m a big fan of the original movies, and own all of them. The Tim Burton remake was mostly crap, and I hated the ending. Still I was going to give this a chance. And I’m glad I did.
In many respects the film is better than the original. Of course, it has the advantage of over 40 years of technological film improvements on it’s side. But all the technology in the world won’t help if you have a lame story, an idiot plot, and characters you don’t care about. It is my opinion that if you’re doing a reboot or a remake, you better be bringing something new to the table. Rise of the Planet of the Apes not only does that, in a way it improves on the original story. Yeah, there may be a few spoilers ahead and now that you’ve read that disclaimer, you may continue reading just the way you were going to anyway.