Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle
Production Company: Chernin Entertainment
Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nick Thurston
Genre: Action/ Drama/ Science Fiction
What It’s About: In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race. (from IMDB)
How I Watched It: In the theater. Afternoon. Fairly empty theater.
Thoughts: **WARNING! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, but I’ll try to spare most of them.**
This movie picks up several years after the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In the opening credits, we hear commentary and blips of news reels explaining how a virus spread throughout the world and took out half of the population, and then the rest fought and killed each other. Total human annihilation. Or is it?
Then we focus in on the apes. They have obviously become more humanized, utilizing sign language and handmade weaponry. They’ve created their own civilization in the woods. They’re teaching each other how to write. They have commandments that they follow. They all follow Caesar.
Then two apes stumble upon humans in the woods. One of them shoots an ape and kills him. The rest of the apes run to the scene. Caesar moves to the front of the crowd, sees what’s happened, and bellows “GO!” loudly. Well, needless to say, that scared the shit out of the humans. They run and head back to the survivor colony to explain what happened. Not much later, the apes arrive and warn them that they will fight if they have to, but they would rather keep the peace. They tell the humans to never come back. The problem, is that the humans need to get the dam in the woods working so that their colony can survive. And so it begins….
Wow. Okay? Just…wow. I recapped Rise of the Planet of the Apes the night before going to see this. I enjoy that film–think it’s pretty solid. This one, though. THIS ONE.
The special effects in this movie are just incredible. I really wanna watch some behind-the-scenes footage on the making of this film. I wanna know how they made these apes look so freakin’ realistic and practically flawless. Oh my gosh. I can’t help but gush. So beautifully done. So, shoutout to all of the special effects companies that worked on this: Weta Digital, Gentle Giant Studios, Spectrum Effects, and The Imaginarium Studios.
That being said, let’s move onto the acting. Jason Clarke is such a great actor, and is perfect in the role of Malcolm. He brings the drama. Gary Oldman didn’t have as big of a role as I had anticipated, but still, he’s Gary ‘fucking’ Oldman. Always wonderful.
Now, let’s get on to the real stars of the film: the actors who PLAY FRICKIN’ APES. Now, in Rise, I was so impressed by Andy Serkis in the role of Caesar, and I still am. Wow. Just incredible. What’s so great about this film, is that Caesar isn’t the only humanized ape–they all are, and a lot of them are key players in this movie. All of these actors must have had to learn sign language for their roles. They all use it. For the most part, they all start out by just signing for a means of communication. However, as the film goes along, they slowly use vocalizations more. Toby Kebbell takes on the role of Koba, who we saw in the first film. He is fucking brilliant in this role! Hell, they all are. I have so much respect for the actors who portrayed apes in this movie. Major props.
My Rating: Huzzah!!
I don’t even know what to say. This movie blew me away. I was awestruck the entire time I was watching it. I would love to delve into the plot more, but I’ll save those discussions for when more people have had a chance to see it…WHICH YOU SHOULD! GO. RIGHT NOW. HOLY SHIT, YOU NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE!
Where Can I Watch It?: THE THEATER. Go right now. Seriously. Catch this one on the big screen–you’ll regret it if you don’t. I’m tempted to go back again.