Exciting! Again Andy Serkis leads the team in great motion capture… MoreExciting! Again Andy Serkis leads the team in great motion capture performances and the animation team brings the apes to life in amazing detail. There aren't many of the apes that develop much of a personality, but Toby Kebbell as Koba brings some of the strongest social commentary about oppressed races to the story. This franchise needs more of that so it doesn't become all about the action and effects. It is an entertaining movie, but I still wonder, of the great apes, where is the peace-loving bonobo.
After seeing this in a drive-in double feature with Dawn of the Planet… MoreAfter seeing this in a drive-in double feature with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, my wife asked the legitimate question, "If her brain power has increased so much, then why is she still blasting everyone away with guns?!" This action flick with an international scope ends up looking just like every other recent Luc Besson project appears. I still need to see his early praiseworthy work with strong female characters. The 2001-lite sequences and Morgan Freeman's nonsense professor talk are just pseudo-science mumbo-jumbo. This movie became very irritating as it tried to pass itself off as being smart and cosmological, but failed.
Jenny Slate's character Donna is the sort who is just beginning to… MoreJenny Slate's character Donna is the sort who is just beginning to face adulthood in her early 30s. The movie realistically faces the experience of unplanned pregnancy and the option of abortion from the female perspective. Jake Lacy's character Max comes up just shy of being too-good-to-be-true. He and Jenny Slate have good chemistry and sell both the romance and the comedy.
The best features of this action, sci-fi picture based on a graphic… MoreThe best features of this action, sci-fi picture based on a graphic novel are the set design and the international cast. Contains some surprises. Contains an extremely high death count. Espouses a quasi-Taoist philosophy. The ending is weak and, thinking back three months to when I saw this, it is not really sticking with me.
Fast Eddie returns, at first very much like his old mentor Bert… MoreFast Eddie returns, at first very much like his old mentor Bert Gordon, he mainly counts on his talent for hustling psychologically now. Vince is the new cocky youngster with so much talent it manifests itself in Jedi/Samurai/Kung Fu moves with a pool cue. He is innocent with no knowledge of or motivation to hustle though. Vince's girlfriend Carmen is concerned with money and the hustle and so basically sells Vince's soul to Eddie without his knowledge. Vince's childlike naivete is a BIG difference from what Eddie was like when he was young, so Vince's heart is never really in the hustle until Eddie walks out on the young couple. Eddie is incredibly ashamed when he gets hustled by a young Forest Whitaker and gives up on being a mentor. Eddie rediscovers his love for playing pool, corrects his sight with glasses, re-trains himself from the bottom up, and enters the same national pool competition that he sent young Vince and Carmen to. Eddie becomes sad, but more determined, when he finds out Vince has lost his innocence. After all, Eddie has rediscovered Character and hopefully can knock some of that cockiness out of the young guy, even if it takes 100 games.