It's very Shakespearean and I think that's what truly drove this film to success on many fronts. "Dawn" takes an unquestionably classical story of kings, betrayal, sacrifice, family, etc. and throws it through a modernized blender of dystopian Sci Fi.
The plot although somewhat obvious is intelligently written. Just the sheer amount of underlying themes of racism, the nature of war, mass politics alone can keep you interested for quite awhile but the characters are also relatable and lack of a better word incredibly "human". There's always a core of emotional resonance with every scene so even though we're bombarded with a lot of action at times, we're heavily invested as viewers.
Also I was absolutely astounded by the range of expressions you can get from the Apes, the motion capture and actors flawlessly make Caesar, Blue Eyes, Koba etc. all as readable individuals and it's just something marvellously fascinating to watch.
'Rise" made me crave for more and I'm just so happy that this sequel managed to deliver and more some. Truly a great among the foray of CGI-action-fest films that Hollywood's been churning out in recent years.
It's not a train wreck, that's for sure. But for every great scene of emotional, moral tension brought by Oldman and Kinnaman it takes several steps back with Jackson, Keaton and Haley's completely unbelievable, overly comical characters.
I did enjoy the satirical political themes explored with the plot, but just the way everything was handled came off painfully juvenile. People may say this remake was more believable, but that just tells me how completely unreal the original must've been.
The action sequences are also pretty subpar for this day and age. Between all the Marvel films, Bay's Transformers and all that business there's just much more to be desired for a Sci Fi franchise.
Funny, edgy, well written and it's refreshing to see Bateman in something good since I was disappointed with a couple of his earlier films (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief)
To enjoy this film you really have to be able to take things amorally. Otherwise the premise, and even a lot of the humor will just come off as "mean". But really Guy is as "anti" as antiheroes can get.
Unfortunately the film never seems to really take things off the deep end and stumbles into an unexpected area of family-feel good plot points as all the motive and mystery behind Guy's quest are revealed.
Still it never tries too hard to be funny, clever or even insightful and that's really where the beauty lies in the movie. It's just a story friendship, vengeance and closure for a plain, honest, angry guy and a loner kid.
If the original 300 were a video game, I would say this was a shitty expansion pack that added a whole galore of unsolicited content for the sake of miking the franchise than a sequel (or prequel, whatever.)
Every time the film made an effort to take a step forward for itself it would take two steps back by making a flash back or reference to the original. This over reliance on the former gave very little room for RoaE to have any voice of its own.
In the end all the visuals and over-the-top CGI shenanigans are but a hollow shell, trying to replicate "legendary" thrills without the substance or context to back it up.
Unfortunate really, Eva Green had a phenomenal performance. If only the script wasn't bound down by an established continuity.
Probably shouldn't walk into this one if you're not a fan of the series, I don't know, it just doesn't feel like much of a movie with a relatively tame approach to direction akin to the TV show.
The selling point is really closure for the franchise, while delivering a moderately entertaining crime procedural, fluffy romance and a whee bit of thrill.
It plays it too safe, I was actually hoping to see a time-skipped matured Veronica would give the creators a chance to take the character further but everything about the movie is for better or for worse, just another episode of "Veronica Mars"