Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is in theaters now. I recently saw it and here is my 3+- movie review!

SPOILERS AHEAD

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  1.  The new apes. I’m pretty sure Judy Greer’s role was cut down, but Blue Eyes, and the baby are beautifully made and acted.
  2. Great villains. Both villains have the right intentions and enough pain to drive them. It is not surprising to see the destruction they create to further their cause. On that note, we have a great hero in Caesar. How has learned to be such a great leader? #impressed
  3. James Franco “cameo.” I was worried this movie would be hard to connect with because James Franco’s character wasn’t in it as he was so important to Caesar. It was nice to see that short moment of older Caesar’s nostalgia.

  1. Koba going all terminator. It wasn’t that scary as it should have been. It seemed corny and out of place.
  2. The dismissal of the humans at the end of the movie. The apes were my favorite part, but I would have liked to see something more with the humans. Not sure what, but just one more thing with the lead humans. I shouldn’t be surprised though because of how James Franco was NOT in Dawn. It is clear that the main characters are the apes.
  3. Um, just to fill the quota of 3 minuses, I’d say the horses kind of bothered me, I guess?
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar Baby Poster

Honorable Mentions:

  • Could have sworn we were about to go all Lion King/Hamlet when Blue Eyes realized what Koba really was.
  • I also usually hate resurrections or “chosen one” type deals, but Caesar’s return was so necessary to me because I couldn’t see Blue Eyes or Maurice or even Rocket fixing what Koba started and uniting the apes.
  • You can’t talk about the Apes franchise without mentioning the fantastic effects. I’ll leave it to Slashfilm and PressPlay to explain.

 

Rating: 4.5/5
Knocking down .5 for Koba’s double gun scene that lasted a bit too long IMO.

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