Tuesday, 22 July 2014
REVIEW: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
131 Minutes. Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldham. Director: Matt Reeves.
Damn you apes! Damn you're good! Gone are the days when the human race was enslaved by men in monkey suits wearing Carhartt's finest. Now the gorgeous graphics and sensational, super special effects bringing these evolving apes to advances over human life are as detailed and meticulous as an ape going through another apes hair with its hand and mouth, fine tooth and comb cleaning ritual. After all the outstanding originals became cult classics, Tim Burton's 2001 reboot was a rocket lost in space. Then years later in this recycled age another redux came with its solo hit star James Franco in 'Rise Of The Planet Apes'. A fresh new film that captured the apes in creative C.G.I. that was the closest thing to the truest testament, save giving real primates guns and teaching them how to attack humans...now wouldn't that be something...something scary. Saving the casualties and faeces thrown its time to take this monkey business back to the green screen for some vivid visuals that are ape s*** crazy in all their 3D and IMAX glory. Right now beating at the chest of the extinct 'Transformers' with both fists and between all the Godzilla's and Marvel monsters, nothing can top this banana that shows with 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' and 'Sin City-A Dame To Kill For' we still have a bunch of brilliant blockbusters in this scorching hot Summer season.
Franco may be gone ladies but to be frank the real star here is Caesar. Or should we say Andy Serkis? You may be hard pressed to find a film these days and ages with some real face time from the digital darling but the man who is Gollum and every other classic C.G. created character is unanimously unmistakable. As gag reel hilariously inspiring it must be to act alongside this graphic great he is a real, true actor of marvellous method, who in this film future may just create a new category for the Academy...albeit an Oscar with white dots and ping pong balls all over it for Caesar. Critically its only different than a man in a mask by being 100 times and per cent better and perfect. Now Serkis gets the top-billing he and his rich effect has for so long and ignored richly deserved and earned. Still taking the human lead with chimp compassion after James is Jason Clarke. The man who from 'Public Enemies' and 'Lawless' and 'The Great Gatsby' has been making his impressive rounds for years now finally gets the breakout he deserves. Strong, sincere but subtle enough to stay in the background of San Francisco zoo's main feature presentation Clarke brings a mild mannered measure of mastery. More passionate with a war torn necessary punctuation, Gary Oldham brings more of his best work and speech sound bites in a middle age that is anything but middle of the road. If you thought his Commissioner Gordon had a lot of darkness to deal with in Gotham then just you wait until this night of emotional and peaceful promise breaks down and begins in a finale of fire and brutally brilliant bullets and brimstone. Right now its always darkest in the middle of the 'Dawn'.
Still Caesar's Brutus may not lie in wait with the race with the humans. War begins at home like picking the 'Lord Of The Flies' out of this story and the villain of this piece Koba is a classic character of conflict all the way to the scars you cant see, more disfiguring than the ones on his face. Koba and his guerilla warfare tactics are the chaos catalyst that takes the wheel of a mac truck and drives this downfall on an even darker direction behind all his horse and fire power. One scene of him sharing a drink and even more with two humans is a playful descent into a sinister sip of brutal brilliance and grounding gravity which is a lump in the throat of the hard to swallow stakes. As great it is to watch him and Caesar head to palm, the rest of the friends and family ape population is as good and great as the depleted human one. Still between all the words and weapons its the sticks and stones of this Serkis led look of the film that's the biggest howl of pride. Sure in a forest fortress of fiery madness the heart of the cities original is gone but that's the wiped out, end if the world as we know it point. The deeper and darker we delve we have an effect perfect war paint set up to conclude this terrific trilogy. This season we cant wait for the fall. After seeing what they did to a grizzly bear just wait what they have in store for the humans after turning the iconic Golden Gate bridge battleground into a moss covered face of apocalypse. Now I cant wait to see what they do to the Statue of Liberty in the next landmark instalment. In this jungleland these kongs are king. TIM DAVID HARVEY.