Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★

''From Humans... Koba Learned Hatred''

Good ol' fashioned storytelling with more than a tinge of Shakespearean or even Greek tragedy about it, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dishes up power struggle, warmongering and betrayal in liberal amounts. There are many comparisons to draw between the two sides of civilization portrayed and how they are both dealing with similar struggles to protect the survival of their respective races, and despite Matt Reeves barely missing a beat, you can see all the beats coming a mile off (which is probably the only thing holding it back from awarding it an extra half a star). This is totally forgivable though when taking into account the impressive quality of this blockbuster/2nd instalment in a franchise reboot, which before its predecessor's success in 2011, was a laughable prospect to most who remember Tim Burton's woeful attempt. The performances from the humans are impressive enough (with what little they have to work with), but damn are those apes are some believable and emotionally nuanced characters with Caesar and Koba as scene-stealers in the best possible way. Compelling viewing on every level and an improvement on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I keenly anticipate the next instalment.

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