Rise of the Planet of the Apes has turned out to be a huge summer blockbuster and Dark Discussions gives their take on the film. Philip and Mike believe it to be the best genre film of the summer. With his performance playing the chimpanzee Caesar, Andy Serkis may have revolutionized the definition of modern day acting. Minute for minute, the role has more screen time than any other character. Andy Serkis’s presentation of a part that is entirely computer generated amazingly brings realism to the role. Through its modern spin of the franchise, a remarkable twist ending, and its multiple homages to the original series, the film shows that Hollywood can still make a summer film that is more than buttered popcorn.
Following up on Episodes 006 and 007, the Frank Darabont Retrospectives, Philip and Mike discuss their opinions on Frank Darabont’s abrupt exit from his television series, The Walking Dead. With his strong connection and friendship to the cast and the elite screenwriting he brought to the show now gone, fans are wondering what happened and what went wrong. Whether the show will be as successful going forward is anyone’s guess, but either way the Frank Darabont signature upon the show will most certainly be missed.
Lastly, the new Lone Ranger film by Walt Disney Productions starring Johnny Depp and his reteaming with Gore Verbinski who was set to helm the film is unexpectedly shut down due to financial issues. Taking note of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its much smaller budget, our hosts consider how a supernatural and horror-themed screenplay of an updated version of the Lone Ranger is a missed opportunity as the reported cost for the film would have been over two times that of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Once again, our hosts welcome you to yet another addition of their dark discussion.