Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% (Critics) / 92% (Audience)
Directed By: Matt Reeves
Written By: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Mark Bomback
Starring: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kirk Acevedo, Toby Kebbell and Andy Serkis
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis:A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. – (Source)

The Good:
The motion capture, computer generated apes were amazing and their performances were very impressive. The top of this list were Andy Serkis as ape leader Caesar and Toby Kebbell as his scarred rival Koba. Serkis is an old hand at this type of role and he really does a wonderful job but he even has to take a backseat to Kebbell’s Koba. He brought so much character to the role and Koba was the absolute stand out of the entire film.

The Bad:
I could not be bothered to care one iota about any of the humans in this movie whether they were the good guy humans played with stunning emptiness by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell or the bad guy humans over-acted without an ounce of subtlety by Gary Oldman and Kirk Acevedo.

The Ugly:
hat climactic battle scene in the tower was a bit much with all of the explosions ans stuff.It was a bit much for a film that really didn’t need the bombastic overkill.

Final Verdict: When focused on the simian stars this film shines but it too often got dragged down by human actors who seemed to be less lifelike than the motion capture apes they were acting opposite. Full of good, emotional moments that sort of loses focuses in the final act but still delivers an enjoyable sequel and continuation of the rebooted Apes franchise.

Grade: B-

3 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

  1. Great review. The film is an excellent visual and conceptual improvement of the first and that’s impressive in its own right. And Andy Serkis retains his Title as the master of motion capture.

    “Apes. Together. Strong.”


    1. Really can’t wait to see what they do with the full ape controlled planet Earth that has to be coming in the next film.


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