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.