Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014, review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie posterYesterday I went early in the morning to the theatre with great enthusiasm to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 thinking that I will have to watch a good movie, but it was not so! I haven’t seen a good movie, I’ve seen an exceptional one! It doesn’t beat X-Men in the top of my favorites this year, but it certainly is up there in the front. I really enjoyed the first part from 2011 and the one from this year came to complete (or not!) an epic story. There aren’t that many firecrackers as in other films, but here we have a compelling story, well-knit and planted the seed of a third part at least as interesting first two and visually this film is a true masterpiece.


The people who have dealt with the creation of apes and the landscapes I really think that deserves to receive an Oscar award for their work. Also, I think that if Andy Serkis will continue to play the role of Caesar it will become himself a ape because those characters are created using motion capture technology, which means that gestures are made of people… which it is downright remarkable, not only for Serkis but and other actors too. I’m not very convinced that voices didn’t underwent some edits, but as they are presented in the movie… it gives you chills down your spine.


Even if apes have evolved, they have taken some typical characteristics from humans, especially the negative ones: the hate and revenge, two features that were put in the charge of Koba (Toby Kebbell), Caesar’s right hand, to show the similarities between the two species . There’s no wonder they say that we evolved from apes, because, here, a slight evolution of them may be a threat to our supremacy on this earth, and the weapons we use to defend ourselves or to destroy other species can easily turn against us.


This is a war for survival, a war for the preservation or recovery of territories. Caesar demonstrates an intelligence and wisdom far surpasses humans, preferring to make some compromises to have a good future for both species, but – another similarity with us – compassion and compromises are seen by some peers as signs of weakness.


In conclusion, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 is one of the best films of the year and you should not have to miss it in any form, preferably to be seen at the theatre in 3D. It’s a great experience and a credible vision of the future. Images filmed from air of hundreds of primates that attack in packs are overwhelming and Caesar’s attitude on horseback announcing that primates do not want war, but will fight if necessary, is stately and impressive, even if when I saw the trailer I thought it’s ridiculous! Now that I saw the movie, I’ve changed my mind. Those scenes have their purpose.

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