Okay time for my review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
It’s an even better sequel to a good movie. Okay there’s my review. Check the break to see me review my real monkey passion; My Gym Partner’s A Monkey.
I’m not talking about My Gym Partner’s A Monkey, even though that show was totally forgotten by all involved, perhaps a Monkey’s Paw like curse? A wish for a show about Monkey’s delivered on the paw of a Monkey, forgotten by the evolved form of monkeys. That’s where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comes in, how are the two related you ask? They aren’t, at all, but it’s important to note the story of an Adam Lyon mistaken for a real lion is quite similar to that of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Evolved Apes mistaken for normal Apes.
I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
Okay, as the more astute readers could have gathered; I really liked this movie. I was actually kind of shocked how much I did like it, because I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes while in Las Vegas and thought, “Huh, this Planet of the Apes reboot ain’t half bad.” But then I stopped thinking too much about it. I had NO IDEA they would make the sequel one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.
Starring local shapeshifter Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings and Flushed Away) plays the character Caesar, a very unique and interesting character to watch. The first half of the movie details Caesar trying to make diplomatic relations and solve issues with humans without fighting.
This is really what happens and it is unrealistically intense.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that knows exactly when and where to hold suspense and release it. This is not a movie to see if you can’t handle almost 3 hours of on the edge of your seat intensity where nobody is actually fighting. That’s the power of Dawn’s writing is that it all seems perfectly timed and controlled, and which is why it puts the fear of god into you whenever Caesar has to shout.
The human characters this time around are…interesting. Jackie Estacado plays an asshole who starts off this entire mess, also he’s RACIST against APES! The Woody Harrleson lookalike Jason Clarke totally isn’t Woody Harrleson in disguise, and he also plays Malcom. We never see Malcom in the same room as Woody Harrleson the entirety of the movie, make of that what you will.
Malcom also brought his son along, and I’ve never EVER seen a character this useless in YEARS! He adds NOTHING to the plot and he has absolutely no reason for being there, I hardly remember his name. All he does is stand around being useless, not talking to anyone, and drawing shitty drawings in his stupid sketch book. This is borderline APOCALYPSE, we are tasked with making contact with apes who understand HUMAN LANGUAGE, now is not the time to draw fucking comic books you idiot. My assumption is that they were going for a “traumatized young boy” type of character, which unfortunately, requires intense expression and really getting into the character. Something of which the Son’s actor possessed none of, along with on-screen charisma, stage presence, and the ability to act his few lines.
Aside from the most useless kid character in any movie ever made in the history of time, the other characters are all interesting and unique. Caesar is of course the standout, with incredible facial acting from Andy Serkis. All of the apes are expertly acted using body language and even the main antagonist is sympathetic while still being a major threat.
OVERALL: A moody atmosphere compounded with dark lighting and limited sets helps make Dawn of the Planet of the Apes an extremely claustrophobic and isolated experience that is as gripping and powerful as the last one. Go see it as soon as you can. This is a good ass film.