Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
RT Score: 90%
Box Office: $208,545,589 (#1)
BO (Adjusted for Inflation): $228,127,100 (#2)
McDowall or Serkis: Serkis
Summary: Things get complicated in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Humanity is down, but they are not out. Caesar just wants to be able to live in peace with his fellow apes but his leadership faces threats both from remaining humans and within his own community. It turns out that things aren’t as simple as just man vs. ape. While both sides strive for peace, there are forces pushing for inevitable war. Although the apes seemingly have the upper hand (the title provides a clue as to the conflict’s eventual outcome), Caesar knows that war comes with costs even if you win.
There was little reason to hope that a sequel could build on the better-than-it-should-have-been Rise. But Dawn managed to be a crowd-pleasing spectacle with a brain and a beating heart. Once again, the new movies exceeded expectations. And based on the reviews for War of the Planet of the Apes (which again I haven’t seen) it sounds like the new movie raises the bar again. Where the original series was a case study in steady decline, the new movies have shown continued improvement which is an extremely rare thing.
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Posted on July 14, 2017, in Movies, Worst to First and tagged Andy Serkis, charlton heston, james franco, Kim Hunter, Mark Wahlberg, planet of the apes, roddy mcdowall. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.