It was only 12 years ago when audiences were tortured by Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake. Many fans had a similar face of disgust that Caesar shows above, as they vowed to never see another Apes remake/sequel. This was until 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” made its way into theaters, as it quickly changed the angered minds of fans. Now, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has received a immense amount of hype leading up to its release. Find out if it stands up to its predecessor after the jump.
Let’s just get down to it… the film is astounding! There isn’t really anything bad to say about the film. “Dawn” brings a high entertainment value that rivals this summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. The acting alone will keep viewers invested in both human and ape characters until the credits begin to role. Once more, Andy Serkis puts on an entrancing performance as Caesar. Not only is the movement and facial expressions of Caesar spot on, but the dialogue as well. His overall presentation truly resembles a hyper-intelligent ape without losing a sense of reality. If Serkis isn’t nominated for an oscar, there will be riots in the streets. That’s how good his performance was.
Without going to much into detail, the human characters also help drive the film. Jason Clarke as Malcolm is a realistic take on a man does anything to keep his loved ones safe while being face with the most difficult obstacles. Like always, Gary Oldman is a treat. Oldman plays one of the leaders who doesn’t truly understand the apes which leads to his malice. Although the human characters help tell the story, its the apes who steal the show all thanks to the fantastic visual effects.
Prepare to bring eye drops for dryness, as you will fight not to blink to take in the eye candy that is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. With CGI technology similar to that used in James Cameron’s “Avatar”, the film pushes a visual experience that would be otherwise impossible with practical effects. Michael Giacchino also lends a hand with the magnificent score that catches every heart pounding moment.
From an well developed story, top notch acting, and brilliant effects, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has the whole package. This film is what moviegoers expect in a Summer blockbuster and maybe even more. While “ape not kill ape”, it will surely kill the box office domination of the horrid Transformes: Age of extinction as fans go ape-shit for this entertaining sequel. Go see this movie. “GOOOOOOOO!!!!!!” (Caesar voice).
Keep an eye out for an in depth look of the film by The Screen Watchers Guild.