In my best Don LaFontaine voice
In a world where every other movie of recent is based on a novel or is a sequel to a sequel to a sequel; in 2014 there have been lackluster Blockbuster, but this summer, one will change the course of direction for time to come – this is the Dawn of the Apes.
Rest In Peace to that man, his presence has been missed for quite some time, but to add on to my point during that impersonation, there haven’t been a lot of great movies to come out this summer so far. X-Men: Days of Future Past and maybe Spiderman 2 (my thoughts on it have swayed back and forth since viewing) have been the highlights, but since then there hasn’t been much, and don’t tell me I missed ‘Trash4mers’ because that was a whole leap of horse manure, and I’m not apologizing for that. You’ve made me upset, Mr. Bay. But that’s not the purpose of this review to bash another movie; it’s to give a great one its praise.
I grew up watching the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes, and I wasn’t that much of a nerd to go back in time and watch the real original, so I was definitely down for the prequels. Rise of the Apes (just to keep it short) was done really well in terms of capturing the essence of Caesar as a youngster and seeing him go through the development of becoming the leader of the clan as his sole purpose was to just live in peace with his own kind. Towards the end of that movie, we were teased that a virus was going to be spread because of an outbreak (if you haven’t watched Rise of Apes, just don’t read this), which gave way for a reasoning of a sequel, which was not a bad idea at the time, and when the trailer came out for the sequel of the prequel, there was only one resounding word that came to mind amongst the masses – Yes!
Dawn of Apes picks up about a decade after the virus outbreak as we see the growth of the Apes in their colony and how the leadership of Caesar has truly manifested. From the young rebel to the older and wiser leader, you definitely see a sense of growth with Caesar as you see him as the grown ape (I almost typed out ‘man’) that introduces his wife (do chimps call them ‘wives’?) and children – but as usual, there are humans who survived and since they’re living in the city on limited power, something has to give. You also see the struggle for power within the Ape clan and just how much their ‘condition’ enables them to adapt like humans – which is not necessarily a great thing.
P.S – Andy Serkis is the real MVP
There’s too much in this movie that I would feel like it would be spoiling because there’s a clear message of how civilization has been since the discovery of the Americas; finding new land, wiping out the indigenous people, etc. This movie was really well done in connecting the previous movie and this one, as well as keeping to the concept of how the original Apes movies came to be, and if the third movie (let’s be real, there might as well be one) is in fact a reprisal of the 2001 movie, then it will definitely (hopefully) go down as one of the best trilogies to grace the silver screens to follow the Dark Knight series. All that being said, I recommend everyone watch this movie (you think?) because you will enjoy it. This is my opinion, this is my review, but for now
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