My "meh" impression of the movie is probably caused by the fact that it didn't age quite well. Most of what goes on happens without a clear sense of cause or purpose. Why did they fall in love? Was it just pheromones? What was the purpose of the belt? Why was it significant? If it wasn't significant, which tends to be the interpretation, why was it even a part of the movie? And so on, and so forth. Because of…
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!