After putting off going to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I decided yesterday afternoon I would go. They had a 2D showing at 4pm, it was a very hot day, so what better time than to visit the movie theatre.
The question often asked of me when I see a movie is "Did you enjoy it?". I can't say I enjoyed it, but I am glad I saw it. Andy Serkis as Caesar is phenomenal, and Jason Clarke as Malcolm I thought played his part well. Of course Gary Oldman gave his usual stellar performance in his role as Dreyfus.
So what did I come away with. A few things. Near the beginning of the movie, the humans make the comment amongst themselves stating they want their lives to go "back to the way it was". This struck me as absolutely silly. You don't go backwards, you go forward. It was the wanting to get a hydro-dam back working that had the humans getting into contact with the Apes.
Then the following: fear and guns are not good together. Hatred, especially bottled up hatred, distorts and creates all sorts of problems. Rejecting anything which is different from oneself can lead to misunderstanding and therefore problems. You could say this is a anti-gun movie. As it is guns which begin the problem and keep on creating the problem.
You have two different groups, with some of them really wanting peace between them, while others either filled with fear, hatred and do not understand differences escalate the problems. I would not recommend that this is a movie you 'have' to see. But all the Apes were done wonderfully, the directing, editing etc, was done well. But I left thinking "how sad we cannot respect differences and listen to each other". And is that not happening in our world right now. Perhaps we truly need to learn to respect and honor each other once again. I will await the next sequel and see what they do with that.
I give this movie 3 out of 5.