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Is the ‘Marky Mark’ Planet of the Apes Movie Really That Bad?

Watching Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001), starring Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter

Dr. Casey Lawrence
Reviewsday Tuesday
Published in
8 min readJun 11, 2024

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Screenshot of Planet of the Apes, © 20th Century Fox, 2001. Featuring LR: Lucas Elliot Eberl, Mark Wahlberg, and Estella Warren. (via IMDB)

I recently watched and reviewed all five of the original Planet of the Apes movies for the first time as part of a ‘catch-up’ marathon before I see Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes in theatres. There isn’t necessarily continuity with the reboot series, but my husband is a fan of the 1968 classic and thought it would be fun to watch the originals.

“We can skip the Marky Mark reboot,” Rhys said as we planned our two-week marathon of Apes movies. “It’s really weird.”

Of course, that made me determined to add it to our viewing schedule.

When I was writing my review of the first five and taking a short break from Apes, I read Simon Dillon’s heartfelt review of the 1968 original, which contained an intriguing line:

“…the recent trilogy is excellent (the less said about Tim Burton’s misguided 2001 reboot the better).”

I love a good “bad” movie, and so settled in for whatever terror awaited me in the 2001 remake, which I’d seen called “weird,”…

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
Reviewsday Tuesday

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.