Back in 2011, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes wouldn’t sound like a good idea at the time, especially since at the time, it’s been over 10 years since the critically and audience-savaged Tim Burton remake and nobody would’ve thought this would be a good idea at the time. However, Rise of the Planet of the Apes managed to overcome those obstacles and received praise from the critics, the audience and was helmed a financial success, enough to spawn a sequel.
The question is, can this growing reboot of a franchise manage to strike gold twice with this or will it be only a one-trick pony act?
Setting a few years later after Rise, A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
So……did this movie deliver on its word?
Did it manage to be bigger and better in aspect?
That answer is….HELL YEAH!!!
Everything about the movie succeeds over the predecessor on every film aspect and it does accomplish more than just bringing the action components to it. Speaking of which, the action is astonishingly incredible that completely surpasses Rise. Director Matt Reeves and writers Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver brought the intensity and the thrilling excitement of the raging war between the apes and the humans does more than just doing brainless action sequences and things explode all around. It is superbly shot and edited without any confusing hiccups or annoying jump cuts.
But what enthralled me more than the action sequences is the emotional detailed tension and development around the characters, especially the apes. I felt more attachment to these apes more than I felt any human character in a movie past and present, maybe even more than the human characters in this movie. Caesar and Koba are fellow ape brothers but whereas Caesar wants to live in peace, Koba wants to rage war with the humans due to his past with them. You understand that with both apes and humans, they only think of nothing but the negative side of them while some do still believe there is some kindness in them.
Although I’m not going to say I didn’t care for the human characters as I did show concern for the main human protagonist Malcolm, but some development for most of them actually felt like they were brushed away after one moment of them, mainly just describing it as exposition (that mostly falls on Dreyfus).
The acting all around is superb, with of course the obvious best and strongest performances being Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell as Caesar and Koba, respectively. Jason Clarke as Malcolm also gave a great performance and also a performance I feel like most people overlook is Nick Thurston as Blue Eyes ass I thought his performance was outstanding, especially towards the latter half of the movie, which is spoilers’ territory so I won’t delve into that. Gary Oldman is…..well, Gary Oldman and he does fine in here. The man is a great actor but it’s nothing unusual about his performance. I also got to give props to the CG Motion Capture as in here it really felt like those are actual apes there but the actors succeeded to make those apes believable on screen and finally, that score by Michael Giacchino. All I got to say about that score is this could be one of his best scores in a film and I really want to listen to it again and again.
FINAL VERDICT: This could be the best summer movie of this year that’s not comic-book related, that is. Yes, I know we get a lot of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes and adaptations but then again if they ended up winding up like this movie, then bring those in!! This movie really up the ante, making the spectacle bigger and better than its predecessor. I really must advise you that you see this movie….in theaters and also get the Blu-ray. Blue Hybrid commands you to!!
And so, I’m going to give Dawn the perfect score of them all.
HALL OF FAME!! – THE KING SEAL of APPROVAL!
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, saying……APES…TOGETHER…STRONG!!
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – courtesy of TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX