So Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was a pretty good movie, but really all it did was set the stage for a way better sequel. And Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes delivers. It’s a dark, post-apocalyptic movie, and normally there’s nothing special about that, but since the first in the series was set in our regular world and was much lighter in tone, the contrast here really makes you feel the losses that the humans have suffered. It’s also great to see the apes’ peaceful little society become engulfed in death and war due to their mistrust of human, and the highlight is certainly near the end when they attack the human camp. But what really makes this movie is Caesar. Andy Serkis has an amazing motion capture performance, and the technology has evolved to such a point that I had to keep reminding myself that the apes weren’t real. It’s also really great to see how he’s evolved, and how the events of the first movie have affected him and influence his actions in this one. But what’s really great is that he’s finally the main character of the movie. I mean, it’s called Planet of the Apes, but all the movies seem to tell the story from a human perspective. This movie is finally the ape’s story, as their society begins to take over, and the struggles they got through in maintaining it. Sure, there are human characters thrown in, and they do get kind of annoying, especially the kid, but they’re mainly just there to serve the arc of Caesar. It’s really his movie, and it’s great.
Overall Rating: Dude Apes Are Fucking Badass/10