Prior to Summer 2011, no one saw 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'… MorePrior to Summer 2011, no one saw 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' coming...Even I joked and scoffed at the idea. That summer, I got proven wrong and it went on to be one of my favorites that summer. Well, the apes are back, and this time the bar was raised for me. I expected a lot, and to this point, it's literally a movie I have hardly been able to contain my excitement for. This go-round, they not only met, but far exceeded any and all of my expectations. This is my favorite movie of Summer 2014 so far!
This isn't just your typical summer blockbuster fare either. There are excellent performances all around, both by humans and the apes, whose motion-capture performances are a whole new kind of art form. It's amazing to see what they made from literally people running around in gray CGI-suits, but what's most impressive is how they incorporate the apes into real places and don't just capture them on a stage and CGI the whole thing. And it's these performances that really push and drive a great story. I really can't wait to watch some featurettes showing all the work that went into it.
I highly recommend this one, not just for turn-off-the-switch summer blockbuster entertainment. This one's got substance, and everyone should really check it out. It's just really great filmmaking!
They explain pretty much anything you might have missed if you skipped the first, so no worries there. Go see it!