Have Cheetah,Will View #512 – “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” (2014)

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.

8 thoughts on “Have Cheetah,Will View #512 – “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” (2014)

  1. We love to revisit the original now and again, but these latest remakes are pretty damn good, especially the CGI apes.
    We were watching a documentary recently about an apparently famous Ape War that really happened over a four-year period in Tanzania in the ’70s. A community of chimps splintered into two groups and moved apart. But one group didn’t like that, and even though the first group had moved off far away, the second group would pursue them and basically murder them one by one. They knew chimps ate alone, so they’d ambush various members while they were alone and beat them to death and tear their limbs off. It showed forethought and planning, along with vengeance (for just moving away) something no one wants to think could happen in the animal kingdom.
    I mean, animals just kill to eat, right?
    No! Apparently, chimps–these chimps, at least–“murder” other chimps in anger. And they kept it up for four years!

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    1. And shame on the people who observed that behavour and did nothing to stop it. What a terrible to watch…..chimps are already endangered by man and other predators like lions and cheetahs,they don’t need homicide to help them vanish off the planet.

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      1. I bet their first instinct was to try to intervene somehow. But they probably were operating like Star Trek, where you’re not supposed to interrupt a natural process…? Since it wasn’t man killing them, but them killing them, I guess they couldn’t really do anything…….?

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        1. There is just something really wrong when you see a creture suffer a terrible and just watch it. At the very least,you could shoot it to end its suffering. Somehow I don’t think they would like it if they were the ones trouble and being told “Its God’s plan”……

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  2. Great review 🙂 The Three 2010’s Planet of the Apes films (2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War of the Planet of the Apes) are very good 🙂 I too felt that Andy Serkis should have been Oscar nominated as Caesar in these films 🙂 The only disagreement I have is that Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of The Planet of the Apes was not only forgettable, but terrible as well. It looked as If Burton was there just to pick up a paycheck. Other than that, I agree with you on everything else you say here 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    1. I know I am in the minority when it comes to Burton’s “Apes” but I really did enjoy and the ending was pretty twisty as well……,
      Serkis was amazing as Ceasar,wasn’t he? I just kept thinking that its unfair he never got a chance for at least one leading role. I mean if Phillip Seymour Hoffman could leading roles,why can’t Serkis??

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