Post by Peter B. Parker on Aug 6, 2017 8:05:28 GMT
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Cert: 12 Directed by: Matt Reeves Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell
Out now on DVD ————————————————————————————————————————— So, it's a decade after the events of Rise, after the Simian Flu has wiped out most of humanity, a group of survivors find Caesar and the apes living in the woods in harmony, Caesar shows them peace, but Koba, one of Caesar's companions, disapproves and vows to kill humans, and those still loyal to Caesar.
I'd like to start this review saying that I very much enjoyed this movie, it has heart and emotional depth to it, as well as likeable characters, and a genuine feast for the pulse, and Caesar is a character you can very much sympathise with, unlike most films where they want you to care for the protagonist, but you end up liking other characters more, but this movie gives you a truly likeable protagonist in Caesar, portrayed brilliantly by Andy Serkis, and given the context of Rise, you can really feel for him.
The supporting cast is great as well, like Jason Clarke's Malcolm, and Gary Oldman's Dreyfus, and also Toby Kebbell's Koba. There are just so many characters in this film that you can care about, and some you can particularly sympathise with.
The storyline is simple, and that's what makes it work: Caesar agrees to help the humans, but Koba disagrees with Caesar's choice. It isn't overstuffed, Reeves gives the story room to breathe, giving you a chance to follow what goes on in the film.
Oh, and did I mention the final act? It is very well done and shows Koba's dark side wildly unleashed upon the humans and those still loyal to Caesar. It's genuine edge-of-your-seat thrills, and Reeves cleverly brings the end of this massive battle to the humans as well, giving us both sides of the battle.
Overall, a thrilling, emotional and clever sequel to Rise, and a fitting prequel to War (which I still need to see), Reeves delivers one of the best summer blockbusters of recent years. APES. TOGETHER. STRONG!
Alright kid, listen up: this fry is your unviverse: it's soggy, it's weird, it's gross. And this delicious, normal fry is my universe.