Chimpanzee is a Must See in the Theater

I must admit, I’m not normally a first-run-movie-watching kind of guy. I’m more of a wait-for-it-to-come-out-to-the-dollar-theater-or-better-yet-dvd kind of guy. However, over the past two months, I’ve managed to make my way to three first run movies. I’ve never been much of a reader, but my family convinced me that I needed to read the Hunger Games. I rushed to read it as quickly as possible. I loved it and couldn’t wait for the movie (more about that in a little while). As a reward, we went to go see The Hunger Games its second week in the theater. A few weeks later, my daughter had a field trip for Earth Day, and I went with her class to watch Disney’s Documentary Chimpanzee. Finally, I’m a huge fan of all the Marvel movies, and have been waiting for The Avengers to come out for almost a year. My wife was kind enough to take me to see it on its opening weekend. I liked all three movies for various reasons, but one stood out. My must-see-in-the-movie-theater pick is……Chimpanzee!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the Avengers. It was well worth the wait, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. In fact, I would argue that it should also be seen on the big screen, but there are a couple of reasons that I feel that Chimpanzee stood out. First, let me say that I don’t normally watch documentaries. In fact, I normally dislike documentaries, because I feel that they are almost never neutral. I’m also not a huge conservation kind of guy. However, watching Chimpanzee on the big screen was beautiful. Watching it in the movie theater is the only way that you can truly appreciate the magnitude of the jungle that the chimpanzees are living in. The makers of the film were able to make the jungle come alive in a very similar way to Avatar. It was so well done that I actually felt like I was watching a thriller like Avatar. Who doesn’t love Tim Allen’s patented “Tim The Toolman” grunt. It was well documented, narrated, and beautifully displayed. To not see it in the movie theater will not do the movie justice.

Again, I LOVED the Avengers. It too is worth seeing in the movie theater. As for The Hunger Games, read the book! The movie makes a good attempt at sticking to the story line (with a couple of minor adjustments), but can never display the emotions of the inner mind of the characters nearly as well as Suzanne Collins does. She has done an excellent job writing the books, and the director did an okay job of re-creating her work. I guess it’s true what they say: “the book is always better than the movie.” Maybe I normally don’t choose to read books because I don’t want to be disappointed.

So that’s it. Don’t let Disney’s Chimpanzee get out of the theaters before you watch it. The Avengers will be great and entertaining whenever and wherever you see it, but Chimpanzee will never be quite the same on a home television screen.


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