I’m not a movie reviewer by any means, just a movie lover. I Just got back from seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes an hour ago & wanted to share my thoughts on the movie for those who may be interested. I’ve been anticipating this movie for a while now, re-watching trailers, watching behind the scenes featurettes, bought my ticket online at least a week ahead & giving the soundtrack a listen before I watched it. After all of this, I was not disappointed.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a brilliantly written story, It’s made obvious that the writers really took their time and put serious effort into developing the script to make it clear, captivating, & filled with surprises along the way. Dawn is of course a tale of two separate groups at odds with one another, but it also displays a great inner development of the main draw of Dawn, Caesar. As you’re watching, you’re literally try to understand Ceaser, both thought and actions. If you’ve already seen Rise, then you will be able to see and feel the growth of Caesar literally over a span of 15 years.
There is enough action to go around and you will not be disappointed. At first I thought that the action scenes would be limited and would all be saved for the end, but there was actually a great integration of action scenes throughout the entire movie! There’s a particular action scene involving Koba that stood out to me where I thought the scene was so simplistic, but so amazing at the same time. It was the little moments throughout the movie that were able to grab my attention the most.
The only real negatives I had for this movie were
- Issues with pacing
- Human Characters
During the middle of the movie, I started to think that Dawn could pick up the pace a bit, and the moment I thought that, was when I was beginning to get plenty of it! No movie is perfectly presented and the story as a whole is great, but there we’re just certain blips throughout where I just needed to fast forward a minute or 2.
I connected with the apes, I did not connect with the humans as much. I would’ve appreciated it if Gary Oldman was utilized in the movie more than he was & If Gary Oldman was a selling point for you to see the movie you may be disappointed. Malcolm, played by Jason Clarke, and his family were interesting to see throughout, but I did not feel as if I knew him or really wanted to know him compared to James Franco in Rise. In Rise, you got to know both Caesar & Will, their stories, and feel the connection between them both and watch them both grow. For Dawn on the other hand, It was mostly Caesar and the apes, with little development of the humans.
Overall, I really enjoyed watching the movie & recommend seeing it, especially if you’ve already seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I wouldn’t have written this review If I did not feel a certain way about it. As I’ve said, I’ve been anticipating this movie for months now & it did not disappoint me. If I were to rate it, I would give it a solid 8/10, it could’ve easily been a 9 if the pacing issue alone was fixed.
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