I'm David, welcome to my brain. Here I write to not only show that I can but to share my opinions on various topics. Mostly Video Games, Anime, Movies and Tokusatsu. Though I am open to suggestions and never afraid to admit when I'm wrong. Have a good time in here and be sure not to mess with my memory, it's bad enough as it is.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Movie Review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Hail Caesar
Wow, just wow. Me and my Mom and Brother just got back from
watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and all I can say is, why haven’t you
watched this yet?
Okay, fine I do have a bit more to say then that. Besides, I wouldn’t be happy
with myself if I didn’t at least try to show some semblance of professionalism.
Now before going into this I have to say that I have not seen any of the Planet
of the Apes movies before this. (You may start throwing stones, flaming
barrels, poop, and homophobic slander at me.) Nevertheless, this movie gets
into my good books already by being one of the rare sequels that you do not
need to see the prequel first to fully get what is going on. That to me is one
of the key tricks of a great movie for me, one that you can get into without having
extensive knowledge of the franchise to enjoy it. Now to monkey business, the
movie takes place after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and thanks to the
“Simian Virus” unleashed by Caesar in the last movie, most of humanity is
whipped out save for several pockets of resistance that were immune to the
virus. Now Caesar and his tribe are living out in the Muir Woods of California
and are trying to create their own civilization. In the ten years since the aperising Caesar and the rest of the
primates have progressed enough to develop a large fortress, spears, speak sign language and have a small grasp
of English. However there is a small band of humans lead by Future John Conner (He'll play John in the upcoming Terminator Genesis in 2015)
and Commissioner Gordon that are hiding in the ruins of a city that are trying
to restore power to their city, the catch is that the dam that could provide
power is in Caesar’s territory. From there, the movie goes into themes of
diplomacy, leadership, trust, and what it means to be a man or a beast. Now, I
can barely remember most of the human characters that aren’t Malcolm and Dreyfus, no the real stars are of course the apes themselves, there’s very
little dialogue between them but through their actions and facial expressions
you can grasp more about their relationship and their place in the tribe more
than any dialogue could. (Though the subtitles during their sign language
conversations does help :3) This is thanks to
incredible CGI technology but mostly though the motion capture of the actors
portraying the apes, top dollar in this case of course goes to Andy Serkis as Caesar.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a guy that will always prefer practical effects
over CGI especially in this 3D dependent, CGI infested era of film making, so
that should say something when I say that the CGI for the apes is amazing, you
could honestly tell that these could be living, breathing creatures. Though
again, the acting is what drives it home for me, not the graphics, take note
David Cage this is what you should be trying to do. On that note I do highly recommend seeing this in 2D, not only because it is cheaper and I desperately want this new 3D craze to go away, but also some of the action scenes work just fine without the overblown gimmick. Of course, it does have its
moments of fun without the action scenes; I do not want to spoil anything concerning characters however so I am
not going to. Yet I sense that most people aren't convinced yet, so I will just show this image.
I am a monkey with Machine Guns on horseback, your argument is invalid!
Now go see this movie to get the context for this hopefully
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is owned by 20th Century
Based on Characters Created by Pierre Boulle
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released on July 11th