Turns out it was Earth all along.
Thoughts: I saw Tim Burton’s 2001 “re-imagining” of this movie once in theaters, but I had no idea how much re-imagining was involved on Burton’s part. This movie is nothing like the remake and, from what I remember of it, 1000x better.
Instead of being a convoluted time travel story where the apes evolved from test monkeys that had stayed at the same time while the human traveled forward in time for no reason and in the end the human lead escapes to travels back in time, I found the plot for the original to be much simpler and much more powerful. Planet of the Apes is a social commentary, more about faith vs science than anything else. The apes believe they are better than man but some believe that they evolved from man. It turns out that the apes in power might be covering something up. In the end, we find out that civilized man had wiped themselves out with war, and the apes decided to hide the fact that they are related to man so that they wouldn’t do the same.
The franchise went on to make 4 sequels, a live-action TV series, and an animated series, but I’m just going to leave it with this. A good science fiction story to make you think, which is what real “science fiction” is all about.
Overall: Classic genre defining science fiction.
Musical Excerpt (from “The Simpsons”):
I hate every ape I see
From chimpan-a to chimpan-zee
No, you’ll never make a monkey out of me
Oh my God, I was wrong
It was Earth all along
You’ve finally made a monkey
(Yes, we’ve finally made a monkey)
Yes, you’ve finally made a monkey out of me
(Yes, we’ve finally made a monkey out of you)
I love you, Dr. Zaius!