By Jake Buchanan
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Movie Review)
What do The Dark Knight, Back to the Future II, and The Godfather Part II have in common? They're all great sequels which Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is.
Now before I begin I'm going to do my absolute best not to spoil anything in the movie so if you still haven't seen Dawn and want too you don't have to be worried about reading this. With that being said I recently went to the movie theatre and saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I have to say it was worth my time and money.
This sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes took the audience 10 years into the future of the first film arriving us at a mesmerizing setting of what was San Francisco, CA. When the audience goes to see this film they're just expecting typical Apes vs. Humans which there is, but that's somewhat not the case here in this film. The similarities between Ape and Human are constantly visible throughout the film and allow the viewer to connect with both sides even when the battle begins between the two factions clashing for dominance and survival. (Not a spoiler about the Battle it's shown in all of the trailers)
Caesar, the main character of the story played by Andy Serkis (who's played Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Golem in the Lord of the Rings films & King Kong in its 2005 remake) is without a doubt the best protagonist character in all of 2014 films thus far, because the whole time you're watching Dawn you forget that he's actually a person acting which is just fascinating due to the motion capture and CGI for the Apes being extremely amazing.
What do I mean by "extremely amazing"?
While watching the movie you'll forget that the Apes are actual actors performing and begin to believe they're real Apes which shows how strong the performances are in Dawn.
Overall the actors who truly brought these characters to life gave without a doubt phenomenal performances all around. "Okay, but what about the Human actors?" All of the Humans portrayed in Dawn were actual good performances, but I only had one problem with a single human character that was played in the film as the typical role in the scenario. (Not naming the character due to Spoiler reasons that way nothing doesn’t get ruined).
I'm bias when it comes to the Ape v. Human performances due to the Apes being brought to life in such a way that the portrayals had so many depths and I think connected to the audience more than the Human actors did. They showcased more character structure and development with the Apes then they did with the Humans which why I found the Ape performances more captivating than the others.
Overall I give Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 8.5/10, and if I could name it the best movie of the 2014 summer by far I would. Now are you going to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Have you already seen it and if so what did you think? (Keep the Comments SPOILER FREE).
Other than that thanks for taking time out of your day and giving this a read, and go check out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when you get a chance.