Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Like the first Planet of the Apes revamping, this film has spades of action, tons of story, and a strong emotional appeal throughout, as it keeps audiences torn between rooting for their own kind and a new race of super-apes.
The film's remarkably static intelligent undercurrent shows the intellectual and emotional growth of Caesar as a leader who can make complex moral decisions and advance his cause, thereby reminding us of what fortifies character. The problem? Well, how about why audiences would ever be expected to go for such a premise behind a remake in the first place?
The first film made us want to see how and if an ape could help us to better ourselves, but the second film pits apes and humans against each other, thus lowering the sophistication of its appeal. But as the first film caught on, so does the second. Both movies get the same grade since each have strengths that the other does not. Whereas the acting and character development has improved this time around (much thanks to the talents of Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke), the great length and loud, clamorous war standoffs prove to be a bit much. The same criticism applies to some of the dialog in the movie's second half.