Culture Diet: Movie — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Grade: A- for I had a feeling this was going to be the best blockbuster of the summer. Turns out, so far, I was right. Shedding the bad parts of Rise and focusing on the great parts of Rise a.k.a. THE APES, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gives us the Apes movie we deserve AND the Apes movie we need. One part Old World v. New World and one part Shakespeare via The Lion King, Dawn is essentially an absurd sci-fi movie that takes itself seriously, meaning it allows the audience to take it seriously. Part of you acknowledges that a physically/emotionally scarred ape maniacally shooting down humans with a machine gun as it rides a horse through flames is ridiculous. But the rest of you is just glad to be on the ride.
If I were to write movies for a living, this is exactly the type of movie I would write. Only gripe? The female apes didn’t have enough to do…besides wear headdresses and fret over the pregnant then sick Judy Greer.
IMPORTANT: Wait until the end of the credits…there’s no stinger scene but there is a hint in the audio that may factor into the next movie.