Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review

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Hey look! It’s dawn. Get it? Get it?

Okay, that was a lot better.

Despite the thrashing I gave Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I wound up seeing the sequel anyway. And for once a good trailer didn’t let me down.

I will not be spoiling this movie like I did its predecessor. For one, it just came out and more importantly I respect the deftly plotted and better written film that it is.

I said in my Rise review that the film wasn’t nearly well-written enough to support moral ambiguity. Well that’s changed here. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a tale of how limited resources, mistrust, and bad leadership between groups of survivors leads to ruinous war. It’s kind of like what Season 3 of The Walking Dead was going for but a lot better.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes review

SPOILER WARNING: The following review/discussion contains spoilers for the whole movie since it’s a couple of years old and I felt like telling the whole story was the best way to talk about what didn’t work. But yeah. Short version: I didn’t think it was a very good movie.

The tagline is ridiculous. The smart apes have nothing to do with evolution. They're made smart by drugs, but I guess the marketers couldn't resist the rhyme.
The tagline is ridiculous. The smart apes have nothing to do with evolution. They’re made smart by drugs, but I guess the marketers couldn’t resist the rhyme.

A couple years back Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out as a reboot of the titular franchise. I wasn’t interested at the time although I heard a lot of good things about it from a plethora of people. Critics liked it and so did average filmgoers. Now the sequel is coming out and I thought the previews for that looked kinda cool so it was about time for me to see this good film I missed.

But it’s not a good movie. Why did everyone say it was? Why did you lie to me, General Consensus?

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