Happy Monkey Day! Top 8 Monkey Films!

Top 8 Monkey Movies!

To celebrate international Monkey Day we’ve put together the top 8 films featuring our simian cousins, be they ape, monkey or gorilla. These scintillating simian screeners were hand picked by yours truly as some of the best monkey films around. So sit back and pop open a beer with your feet as we present ‘The Top 8 Monkey Movies!

#8 Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Disney’s remake of a 1949 film of the same name, which was made to capitilize on the popularity of the 1933 ‘King Kong’, has not aged well. Sure it has the stunning Charlize Theron in one of her first big Hollywood roles, and is technically handled well by director Ron Underwood (by 1998 standards), it still lacks the quality and punch that Jurassic Park delivered 5 years earlier. Mighty Joe Young | iTunes

#7 Congo (1995)

After 1993’s ‘Jurassic Park’ jungle adventure films with wild animals were the ‘it’ thing, it didn’t take long for Frank Marshall to adapt another of Michael Crichton’s novels into a movie, and that was ‘Congo’. When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong. Starring Laura Linney, Tim Curry & Dylan Walsh this wanna-be blockbuster never really hopped off the screen like ‘Jurassic Park’ did, but that didn’t stop the Crichton-sploitation era of films including; ‘The Andromeda Strain’,’Timeline’,’The 13th Warrior’, ‘Sphere’. Congo (Bilingual) | iTunes

#6 King Kong (1976)

A (then) modern day retelling of the 1933 classic, this ‘updated’ version features a petroleum exploration expedition who land on an isolated island and encounter a colossal giant gorilla. Starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange this John Guillermin directed remake did little to awe a generation like the original. King Kong (1976) | iTunes

#5 Planet of the Apes (2001)

The Tim Burton/Mark Wahlberg remake has quite a few things going for it, a rousing score by frequent Burton partner Danny Elfman, excellent production values, especially costumes and makeup, and features a Charlton Heston extended cameo scene. The rest of the film is immediately forgettable, from it’s wonky wanna-be twist ending to the regrettable casting of Estella Warren as the female lead, this film loses out on so much. Go for the Estella Warren close ups, stay for the Elfman score. Planet of the Apes (2001) | iTunes

#4 Planet of the Apes (1968)

Probably the flagship of ape/monkey movies, the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ saw Charlton Heston battle ‘damn dirty apes’ in what seemed to be some topsy-turvey planet gone awry. For the five people on this planet who don’t know the ending I won’t spoil it for you, but it is well worth the trip, even if it seems retro-60’s fab. Planet of the Apes (1968) | iTunes

#3 King Kong (1933)

The original monster movie, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack’s ‘King Kong’ was the special effects ‘blockbuster’ of it’s time. Following the adventures of a film crew who travel to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot only to discover a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. The film has inspired hundreds of wannabe filmmakers from Peter Jackson to Steven Spielberg and beyond. King Kong: Limited Edition Blu-ray Book | iTunes

#2 King Kong (2005)

Peter Jackson’s bombastic 2005 blockbuster featured a return to form for Kong, this time the film’s setting (and denouement) are right back in 1933 New York City. Lovingly, if sometimes flawed, this version of Kong is stunning, exciting and sometimes funny, however is slightly drawn out and lacks pacing. King Kong (2005) | iTunes

#1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

A film no one saw coming, a film written of due to newbie director Rupert Wyatt’s lack of blockbuster cred, but a movie that surprised everyone who saw it. 2011’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ may have a cumbersome title, but the film flows wonderfully and is a testament to modern film making technology and the character performance of Andy Serkis as Caesar, the eventual leader of the ape revolution against mankind. The film flows perfectly into the 1968 version, and gives us insight on to just how ‘Planet of the Apes’ came to be. A must watch for any fan of the original or any of fan of quality film making. Rise of the Planet of the Apes | iTunes

Think I missed something? Drop me a line in the comments below!

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