Before I watched this, I was almost certain I would like it more than I did the original. Surprisingly though, I did not find it to be as good as I thought. I mean, I still really liked it, and it's my favorite Tim Burton film, but I kind of thought it was on par with the original in terms of quality. And that's very strange, considering the fact that they're both so wildly different. I liked the original for its intelligence and sophisticated yet simple story, but I disliked it for Charlton Heston's performance and the outdated makeup. I enjoyed Tim Burton's version for its amazing makeup, cool battle sequences and the acting, but I disliked it for its incoherent plot and a few illogical themes; for example, in the original, the apes look down on the humans because they're dumb and animalistic, whereas in the remake, they can talk and function and everything, so it makes less sense. Oh, and plus, what is with the ending? It's SO confusing. Neither me or my dad could figure it out. So in the end, I guess I can't really choose which version I like better.
But regardless if its coherency flaws, this film is still really good. Rick Baker's makeup was stunningly realistic, and I have no idea why he wasn't nominated for an Academy Award. Tim Roth was very effective as the menacing General Thade, and Michael Clarke Duncan was also dedicated as the brutish right-hand-man. You know who would have been nice in this movie? Forest Whitaker. As evidenced by his performance in Battlefield Earth and The Last King of Scotland, he is very effective in brutish and tough roles. Still, this movie works well with what it has, and the twist ending will probably provide screaming entertainment for hardcore whodunits.