The Planet Of The Apes of our childhood was one of the most unambiguous films ever, based on the esoteric idea of "What if monkey people could talk and took over the world?". It was cheesy and bombastic fun that worked because, who could resist picking up such a ludicrously titled film? And then came Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes. And then came Battle For The Planet Of The Apes. These went bad quickly, simply because we don't want to see monkey people take over the world. We want to see them as already having taken over, and for "real" people to "win".