The script was really laughably bad. It even basically copied Star Wars at one point ("The ginga is strong within you!"). It's a shame that with such great source material the end result was so lackluster and uninspiring. It should have been more but but even with what it provided I was entertained enough. But just not enough to care about it in a few days.
It started off really quite interesting and seriously caught my attention because of the novel subject matter, but by the time the main conflict started it quickly slipped into quite corny melodrama. It was still enjoyable but it could have been even more were it not for the second half.
This is how sequels are done! Everything that was great about the previous installment was improved and expanded, familiar territory is not revisited story wise, new grounds are uncovered and evolution in every way is the forefront of the events shown and explored. And you are not penalized for missing out on the previous installment but rather intrigued to see it if you haven't. The performance of Andy Serkis is beyond words and Toby Kebbell follows swiftly as well. The CG breaks new ground from the first moment and keeps you engaged until the very last.
Exemplary work and a must see for everyone!
With only a minor complaint related to usual shortcomings of "based on true event" movies (whereby the story feels a bit too much like a "checklist of all major events" without a common string to tie them properly together and provide additional necessary background information) this is a well made and compelling movie that demands to be watched. And on a good sound system because the sound is massive!