It’s actually kinda scary to watch a movie about primates of all shapes and sizes baring their teeth and wreaking havoc on the city. Wait, maybe that’s just the complacent human in me talking. The real reason it’s scary is because we’ve always thought of ourselves as being above animals, and the idea that apes could outsmart us (and even kill *cough tomfelton cough*) seems horrendous. But really, sometimes I think we’re not really that much better than them. Maybe even worse, in some aspects.
Look at what happened to Bright-eyes. It went crazy and jumped all around, and the first reaction by humans was to ‘kill it’ – it’s her fault she broke out of the lab. But actually it was just being defensive more than trying to attack the people in the lab..being pregnant and all. Even on the bridge, Caesar stopped the savage-looking-whats-his-name ape from smashing some poor guy’s head in. And yet, the humans started going on a massacre without first finding out why the apes were doing this – it’s their fault, they shouldn’t have venturd out of where they’re supposed to be. In the end, it so happened that all they wanted was to get to the Red Woods Park where they could live free and unbothered. Which reminds us that in the very first place humans were the ones who uprooted them from where they’re supposed to be.
When you think about it, animals actually show a lot of behavior we deem ‘human’. We’re social creatures, and everyone desires company at some point of time. Who wouldn’t go crazy after being cooped up for so long, not being able to go out and play and everything.
This reminds me of my student’s dog Strawberry. My student had been living overseas before they returned this year, and the place they lived had practically no other dogs in the neighbourhood (or something like that). So what happened when they moved back here was that all the other dogs (and their owners) shunned Strawberry. After listening to the whole story, I don’t blame the others, really. She would get so hyped up whenever she met other dogs that she would keep barking non-stop (she barks like a durian) and keep tugging on the leash. To the point that she’s choking on the leash and start making weird noises instead. Now she also has asthma, so it is no wonder anyone will scramble for cover when they see a yelping chihuahua bounding towards them, gasping for oxygen to keep alive and simultaneously attempting to strangle itself to death on the leash.
Anyway back to the movie, Caesar kept staring longingly out of the window at the neighbouring kids who were having a great time together while he himself remained alone, with Will and his dad. Perhaps Caesar thought he wasn’t very much different from those children. After all, he could do many things that humans could do too. That’s probably where the trouble starts. We as humans don’t like anything ‘different’ from what we expect them to be. If you’re an ape, behave like one. If you’re a girl, play with dolls.
If you’re a guy, play with yourself. Anything or anyone that looks different in appearance or behave differently, we reject them and they become outcasts. And then you realise that in the movie, the apes behave like us as well..we see this at the animal control centre, where Caesar is rejected by the group because he was wearing clothes.
Which brings me back to the point that… much of the behavior we deem ‘human’ isn’t so exclusive after all.
(If I sound a bit incoherent in this post, it’s Strawberry’s fault)