Guys, guys, guys. If you see a Blockbuster this Summer don’t waste it on robots or turtles because apes are really where it’s at.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is very Shakespearean and I think that’s what truly drove this film to success on many fronts. It takes an unquestionably classical story of kings, betrayal, sacrifice, family, etc. and throws it through a modernized blender of dystopian Sci Fi.
The plot although somewhat obvious is intelligently written. Just the sheer amount of underlying themes of racism, the nature of war, mass politics alone can keep you interested for quite awhile but the characters are also relatable and lack of a better word incredibly “human”. There’s always a core of emotional resonance with every scene so even though you get bombarded with a lot of action at times, you’ll be heavily invested.
Also I was absolutely astounded by the range of expressions you can get from the Apes, the motion capture and actors flawlessly make Caesar, Blue Eyes, Koba etc. all as readable individuals and it’s just something marvelously fascinating to watch.
It’s REALLY great among the foray of CGI-action-fest films that Hollywood’s been churning out in recent years.