Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviews
- Good CGI
- Mostly action.
- Gary Oldman's talent is wasted.
- Malcolm is miscast.
- Missed opportunities.
Gary Oldman should have been Malcolm. This movie suffers the same problem as the previous movie. The male lead is not good enough to carry the movie. No offense to James Franco or Jason Clarke. Both of them are miscast. Oldman's character mopes around for two hours and doesn't really do much. What a waste of a great talent. None of the human characters are memorable. They're background noise.
The only interesting interaction is with the boy and Maurice, but it never goes any further than that. They missed an opportunity to have Maurice see the boy as a son. Maurice could have then told Caesar that he didn't think the humans were all bad. At the end, they could have had the boy die and it's affect on Maurice.
Maurice is never developed beyond being Caesars friend. In fact, the spotlight is only given to a few apes. Even Caesar's wife is nothing more than Caesar's wife. It seems a lot of character development was cast aside for an action movie. If we got to know who these other apes were, we would actually care what happens to them. But like the humans, most of the apes are just background noise.
Koba is shown mostly as a usurper, but he makes a good point. The humans are clearly testing their weapons and we see they have tanks and rocket launchers. Once they get power, they may want to attack the apes. They should have had Koba tell Caesar and have it play out exactly the same. But the way they did it looks like Koba wanted the throne.
Not as good as "Rise". Makes a point to say that there are defects in all societies, but the message is overshadowed by all the action.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Matt creates this wiped-out world filled with dreadful characters that comes with their own baggage and of course an addition to an important chapter on Andy Serkis; this is a big bang.
An impressive film on a number of fronts. The filmography, CGI, and sound are beautifully executed. The CGI effects help rather than hinder the performances of the "apes." Andy Serkis (Caesar), Nick Thurston (Blue Eyes) and Toby Kebell (Koba) -- together with their animators -- pull off brilliant performances. The cast of human characters almost rival their ape counterparts, which includes the great Gary Oldman, but the sometimes phony performances of Jason Clarke and Kerri Russell hampers this somewhat.
Nonetheless, "Dawn" is an impressive follow-up to "Rise" and begins to establish a setting for the original "Apes" movie, starring Charlton Heston. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns and consistently suspenseful.
SPOILER ALERT: One complaint I initially had was the manner of Koba's death and how Caesar seems to give in to an elitist attitude that deems to judge an ape (as anthropomorphized human) no longer worthy of being called an "ape" (as anthropomorphized human.) Essentially, Caesar here falls into the same trap as his human counterparts, as well as Koba, that condenses that sentient life worth saving to a particular type of sentient life. For Koba, this is exclusively apes that serve his every whim. For many of the humans, this is exclusively themselves. Disappointingly, for Caesar, only that life that meets his standard of morality (which is indeed a comparatively generous one) is worth saving. However, I am informed that Koba's breathing is heard toward the of the credits and that Caesar's character has not been morally resolved after his attempted execution of Koba. I have yet to see the sequel: a resolution to this moral conundrum may yet emerge.