Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Andy Serkis, Keri Russell & Gary Oldman) Budding civilization conflicts with humanity & itself

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldman.  Director, Matt Reeves.  Of course, this blockbuster is what so many of us have been awaiting.  The attention to elements of continuity between the original franchise & this second of the new; is amazing.  I have only one word for it.  Magnificent.

Serkis was believable &, indeed, was the Apes’ Caesar incarnate.  This superb character actor really has outdone himself this time & I do believe, I detected more than one tear & sniffle in the audience.  His Caesar was august, dominant & triumphant; interacting with the human characters with alacrity & style.  Which is the hallmark of each of the Planet of the Apes’ stories.

Whether you’re a sci-fi lover or not, one cannot help but feel a ghostly chill run up the spine.  The sets & VFX were just right, the script well done & action dotted with the passionate violence we have all come to love, with these films.  Not really a visually dark film, it manages a twilight tone.  A post apocalyptic masterpiece complimenting & exceeding the first film of this redux.

Clarke & Russell, though each of secondary, cinematic rank excelled & I do think they’ve hit the big time.  Fortunate to have been cast in this top of the Summer movie.

I recommend this film.  How could I not, even in a bad mood or with a petty agenda.  This epic holds no discernible flaws, whatsoever.  It’s a film in which even the exalted Heston would find himself enthralled.  Not overdone – & with no trumpets.  If you know what I mean.

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