Its 9:14 pm
Now I already know what many of you are saying when you saw the movie that I will be chatting about. You have noticed that Dawn is a major studio release and also a huge blockbuster at the box office. Now long time readers know that the cheetah and I pretty avoid reviewing blockbusters here,we stick to indie films,short films,TV series and retro classics.
So why is “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” doing on here? Well this film was the winner of the 4th Red Bin Challenge on my YouTube channel. I know it sounds weird,I have a lot of the big films that have been released but don’t review them because everyone else has already done a review and being a small blogger,our voice would be lost in the waves.
But with the Red Bin Challenge,all bets are off…the viewers get to pick what we watch.
Here is our video review and I will share some other thoughts as well.
So I really have to say that I really enjoyed watching “Dawn”. I will be honest,I thought it was going to loud,fast and flashy. I was not expecting for it to be as warm,emotional and thought provoking. Watch the interaction among the apes was really well done. Director Matt Reeves deserves so much praise in his direction,the temptation to make “Dawn” into a balls to the walls action movie must have been great but its not until the final act does the clash between apes and humanity clash. It isn’t lost that the key to the conflict is guns,without meaning too,”Dawn” is very much a anti-gun film. Everything that creates conflict and mistrust today and the way we handle it as a society today and yet learn nothing from it even after a ELE event as is shown in the first movie. It adds a lot to the story without being heavy handed about it.
The acting in “Dawn” was really well done,sometimes in big films like this,the acting gets overlooked because of the massive CGI and special effects which can overwhelm a movie.
But no worries here,everyone does a great job….Andy Serkis was outstanding as Ceasar and his acting really deserved a lot of praise and even should have gotten him a Oscar nomination in my opinion. I thought Jason Clarke,Gary Oldman and Keri Russell were strong as well,as I said,the whole cast was and in a big tent pole movie franchise like this,sometimes the acting gets phoned in. I think the pressure to act in a popcorn movie isn’t that the same in smaller films because the casts are often so large and the story so busy,subpar acting just isn’t noticed as much. But I look for that when I watch any level film,be it a 5 minute short to a film like “Dawn”. As long as the acting is strong,I can forget budgets,genres or even inexperience,just as long as the cast is doing their best.
I felt a major part of what made “Dawn” so well done was the score by Michael Giacchino,it was rich and yet very tender. It showed how important relationships in the world of the apes by being gentle and allowing the viewer to really understand why the apes treasured each other and also showed how they were more like humans then they realized and how much that affected what they did and how they needed to in going forward. The action scenes score was also very effective and more sad at the fact that there wasn’t going to be any real peace between man and ape.
While I have the last film in the trilogy,I am going to wait until I find the first film before I watch it. I can definitely say I enjoyed this remake more then I did the original and that is no knock on that series,both are quite good. And yes,I also liked Tim Burton’s take of “Apes” as well which isn’t a popular opinion but I thought it had its moments.
What do you think? Which “Planet Of The Apes” series impressed you most? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts.