I really hated the first act, and aside from the first two scenes of the film everything felt extremely clunky. Then the movie kicked into high gear with the second and third acts.
A beautiful critique of modern Hollywood blockbusters that asks if Hollywood films still have the ability to be artistic. Everyone here gives career best performances. Emmanuel Lubezki takes his cinematography to a whole new level. Alejandro González Iñárritu creates a subtle yet profound film filled with drama, comedy, and symbolism. This will probably play really well at the Oscars. At least it should.
It seems that 2014 is the year of sequels that actually work. 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and now this. Matt Reeves was an exceptional choice to direct this. His dark moody style works wonders with the Planet of the Apes universe. With most of Reeves films you get outstanding cinematography, and here it really complements the story. Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman are both very convincing as the human protagonists, but the real standout is…