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I went expecting this to be a mechanical Hollywood romcom and got what I expected. There are some glimmers of humanity, some mind in there, but give me The Planet of the Apes any day, maybe even Green Lantern.
Lovely film by the guy who made The Station Agent and The Visitor. What happens when a decent man does something corrupt but then stays decent? Or a decent woman gets vengefully moralistic but then stays decent? And other interesting questions. I often find Paul Giamatti irritatingly quirky even though brilliant. In this he's just brilliant.
The special effects worked wonderfully – all the apes look as if they're actually there. The humans by contrast feel a bit insubstantial. I found a lot of the visuals irritating, and eventually realised I was watching scenes shot for the boring abomination of 3D. Even with the after-images of Tottenham to give the climactic mayhem resonance, though, I wasn't emotionally engaged. Oh, and the final credit sequence adds significantly to the plot.
Some of this was ludicrous, but I loved it. Imagine Bran Nue Dae with Aboriginal presence erased more thoroughly than any genocide, The Last of the Knucklemen with secret knitting and soppy romance, a kelpie Hachiko who wanders over great tracts of country,
A one-woman piece directed by Kylie Farmer, cast as a reminiscent yarn told by the elderly Aboriginal woman Maymay returning to the station where she was a domestic in her youth. Roxanne McDonald as Maymay is fabulous.
Thirty-three years later, and this is still very funny. I notice that IMDB says that John Cleese (uncredited) directed it along with Charles Crichton, which spoils a nice piece of mythology. Jamie Lee Curtis is fabulous in this.