Would I recommend this movie, sure, why not. There is something magical about learning about our fellow brothers on this planet earth. Yet I will say that personally there was something about it I didn't like, but I think it speaks more to human nature and not so much the movie. It was, at times, like watching the worst in human kind. From the cruelty toward the young monkeys to the inequality, even though they each did their part to survive. What really rubbed me the wrong way was the narrator, not Tina Fey, she did great, it was what was written. No, I don't think it was some plot to control our young peoples minds, it felt like they were reaching, trying to make us feel the same way we felt when we watched the beautiful and powerful momma bear struggling to find food so she could feed her babies (In the movie: Bears).
All in all I think if you watch this movie, you might, if you are like me, see something inside those monkeys that mimics humans, and in this I felt a bit empty, and sad. Or possibly it was just that I didn't like how the Upper Level Monkeys treated the Lower Level Babies <<<< Yep, that is it. I have this strong drive to protect children, all children, and they didn't "hurt" the babies to "protect" the babies, they "hurt" the babies to be mean and show the Lower Babies their place. <<<<< But then again, it could have been the way it was edited, which is probably closer to the truth. In the end, it was not as good as Bears or Chimpanzee, but it was worth a watch. One female monkey, born to the lower level common folk, struggles to make her way in the societal structure only to be triumphant in the end.