Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★

Damn, I can't remember when a movie series went that fast from "Ambitious, but still dogshit" to "Holy crap, that's seriously damn good!"

Okay, the story isn't the most original. "Two tribes try to co-exist until one asshole tricks everybody into starting a war", is what we have seen at least thrice per STAR TREK season, but this old story is incredibly well told. Entertaining and engaging from the beginning to the end, both working as serious fantasy drama and fun popcorn movie! (Come on, you can't tell me that the people involved didn't know how cool the image of an ape, riding a horse with two machine guns is!)

Well done. Interest in this trilogy: Fully restored!

Also nice fake out in the Gary Oldman department. You put him in the movie and he isn't even playing the villain!
#087 in 2018
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