I completely agree. Fantastic movie! Filled with great storytelling, wonderful special effects, and a captivating emotional core. dawn of the planet of the apes movie It would seem difficult to convince people that this is the best planet of the apes movie since the original 1968 film.
I could foresee a version of this film with fewer guns and a more political themed plot with the humans trying to create a treaty with the apes in order to use the hydroelectric plant, but clearly that is not the film they set to film (and to be fair, having not seen the trailers out of fear of spoilers, it was my fault for imagining a different film). But, this is a summer blockbuster, and guns there are a-plenty. The second and third acts of the flick offer plenty in the way of satisfying action beats and the moments with the apes throwing down in the city are hectic and awesome to behold.
Furthermore, the film spends little time giving us any background on what has happened in the years between where Rise ends and where Dawn begins, other than a mashup of news reports over the opening credits which suggests the film makers do not care and want to separate themselves from this potentially interesting development of this world. If a decade of world shattering events is to be washed over, I’d have hoped for a far greater story than the one we get which spans a few days and could have happened at any time in the course of those ten years.
Andy Serkis plays an incredible Caesar. He has all the emotion and critical thinking you saw in the previous film, but now he’s a leader, with a family. His people are counting on his leadership to continue their civilization. There’s a lot more on Caesar’s mind in this movie and you see it in his expressions, his body language, and even when he speaks. There’s strength in his voice, but sometimes that strength is replaced by desperation, or even terror.
Much like its predecessor, the key to Dawn’s success was always going to be the believability in the presentation of its primates, and as Caesar (a computer generated chimpanzee) is our main protagonist, it is imperative that we, the audience, believe in the character, seeing as he alone shoulders the responsibility in the success of the entire movie. No pressure then. Dude, it’s a summer movie with lots of special effects, so I think you can bank on some war.Read More