This movie was nothing but pure heart. I won't spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it but this is a must see movie and will be a great addition to anyone's DVD collection. John Lithgow's performance was superb to say the least but it was Andy Serkis who played the main chimp as Ceasar who stole the entire movie. His performance brings a whole other understanding when it comes to acting without verbal dialogue. There are some nice surprises in this film that will make the transition into the sequel seamless. Rupert Wyatt's vision for the prequel of this franchise was beautifully executed and the writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, created a powerful story full of characters that completely draws you into what is happening throughout the film.
I haven't seen the original Planet of the Apes from 1968 with Charlton Heston, and I can't remember all of Tim Burton's 2001 remake with Mark Wahlberg and I didn't see the T.V. shows either. With saying that, this movie is a great way to get acquainted with the brand.