Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

The original Planet of the Apes film is remarkable piece of science fiction cinema. I did not think the sequels reached the heights of the original, but 2011’s reboot came quite close. I really enjoyed it, and the same goes for this film. I do not think that either surpass the original, but they are both very good on their own. I heard so many positive remarks about this film, and I think my expectations were a bit too high. There was a lot to love, but not everything impressed me.
Get Your Stinking Paws Off Me
While I had a few gripes with the film, there was so much to love. First of all, the score by Michael Giacchino is fantastic. It really moved me, and had a nice homage to the score from the original film. It made the emotional scenes much stronger and made the action scenes much tenser. The cinematography was also fantastic. There were some standout shots, as well as no shaky cam. The shots were very smooth, and I liked how many of the shoots were held longer. The acting was also very good. I think everyone brought some complexity to their role, with Caesar and Koba being the standouts. I was immensely impressed with their performances. They both conveyed their emotions very well, and were even properly developed. Development is another positive of the film. Caesar undergoes some fantastic development from the last film to this one, as well as, the beginning to the end of this film.
Apes Do Not Want War
While I obviously enjoyed much of the film, it was not without its faults. The biggest let down for me personally was the plot. Prior to seeing the film I refrained from seeing any footage (except the teaser trailer). I went in not knowing an ounce about the plot, and I was able to predict everything fairly quickly. The plot just feels too familiar, and that is not a terrible thing. I thought the film was more engrossed with the characters rather than the plot, and with that they did a very good job. However, I still would have liked a bit more from the film. It felt like a “middle movie” setting up for a third installment. The film did have many callbacks and parallels to the first film, which I thought were brilliantly added. Another gripe of mine is with the writing. It was often pretty good, but it had a bit too much exposition involved. Sometime the dialogue came across as forced. As for the special effects, they are mostly spectacular. There were instances (particularly in the beginning of the film) where I thought the animals looked fake. However, most of the time the CGI (computer generated images) looked very detailed.
Final Thoughts
I think that there may be a bit too much hype building up for this film, but that does not mean it is a bad film. Even thought is struggles with some problems, there is so much good to behold. It may not surpass its predecessor, but it does a very good job as a follow up. The quality was as good as the first, and I hope this continues with the third installment.


2 thoughts on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

    • I totally agree about it being more creative than most summer films, and the moral ambiguity was fantastic.

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