A Simple Adventure Story?
The film brings up many thoughts and does it marvelously. As an animal lover, it tore me up. The role of women and animals in a world dominated by power-hungry men. The intermediate role of the artist between such men, and women and animals. (Thanks to Rita Rud for these insights)
The search for beauty, and current knowledge of animals and their own cognitive and emotional lives.
Oh, and of course, the amazing interpretation of primate behavior by the incomparable Andy Serkis. Here's an interview...enjoy.