I just caught this film again on TV, and while it has some flaws, I find it an incredibly entertaining and well made film, so my question is this...WHY is this so universally hated by classic POTA fans?
I love the original POTA in all it's incarnations, film, TV and animated, and even I can see that Burton's remake was crafted with great care by all parties involved and is actually superior on some levels. Hear me out...
Let's begin with the apes themselves. John Chambers makeup is brilliant without a doubt, but can anyone honestly say Rick Baker's is not equally so? His characters look even more simian and are able to express an amazing amount of emotion through the makeups, far more than the original apes. The performances of the many ape actors aside for HBC are absolutely amazing also. Thade is seriously scary, much more so than any character from the original series, IMO.
Next is the explanation for the apes evolved intelligence. The storyline here is 1000 times better that the ridiculous, "all our pets died so we got ape housekeepers and abused them" story from the original films.
Mark Wahlberg is often criticized for his performance in this film, and I just don't see a problem with it. It's certainly no worse than some of Heston's hamminess and histrionics from the first film. I was also glad to see the humans retain the ability to speak. It just doesn't make sense that they would lose it, especially while the apes gained it. If the humans were all mute, how would the apes have learned to speak English?
It makes much more sense storywise that the apes and humans were equally intelligent, but that the apes came to rule through their superior physical strength and abilities. This idea is introduced by Burton and expanded upon in the new film.
I also found the ending of the Burton film with the return of Pericles very touching and emotionally satisfying. I could have done without the tacked-on twist ending, but overall I feel this is really a good stand-alone film that deserves much more praise than it's given, and is certainly not the stinker people make it out to be.
Is it different than the original? Yes, but that doesn't make it bad.