Monday, January 26, 2015

Just A Quickie Please: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Matt Reeves, director of two of my favorite flicks, Cloverfield and Let Me In, gets his feet wet in the sea that is called the Hollywood blockbuster by tackling one of the most beloved science fiction franchises in this sequel to the 2011 critically acclaimed box office beast.  Talk about biting off more of the proverbial banana than most seasoned rank and file could chew.   But Reeves not only accomplishes the task at hand, but does the unthinkable by creating a far superior feature than its predecessor.   The human cast is amazing, sometimes a bit too somber and subtle, but genuine and endearing.  But what makes this film rise above the original, get what I just did there, is a combination of jaw dropping, mind blowing, absolutely convincing CGI effects and Serkis' utterly inspired and deeply engaging primate potentate Caesar.   Who knew Gollum could come so far so fast?  As he has become the redefinition of the remarkable, thoroughly memorable character actor role in ways never imagined before?  And mega Kudos to any production team who can make ape speak wholly believable.   As far as action goes, wear a helmet, because your mind will be blown as the overall sweep and scope of this film is epically astounding.   I can't wait to see what they will realize in the third installment.  4 out of 5 Kernels; This film doesn't monkey...you now what, I am not going there.  This is a masterful reboot of one of the most groundbreaking cinematic adventures of our time.        

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