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.
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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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review