RU? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 112 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

We had high hopes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and for the most part we got what we were after. Listeners may be curious how I found the movie, especially… ape-wise, since I’ve been commenting on the number of apes in the film for months, which led to several emails from fans of the show. The short version is, I was right, there are too many apes.

One of the serious drawbacks of the film for me is that there is too little attention paid to the details of the story we’re telling, so long as it serves the purpose of putting forward our offering to the action scenes gods. Just as one example, and one that is related to their being too many apes, a certain battle scene has a lot of apes getting killed, but at the end of the battle there are as many apes left as we started with, and that’s just poor construction.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review
Photo credit: WETA TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

At any rate, it managed a lot of positives, even if I couldn’t find a way to be as sold on it as Shane, and it’s a pretty good time. There is much of the film that is worth watching just to see the cool effects we can spin together, which, as I said, is obviously what was far too important to the creators.

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Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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