Somehow the thing I disliked most about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the trite, simple plot and characters, felt correct this time around. Perhaps it kept what could’ve been convoluted and silly from becoming so. It also helped that it was full of small, smart details constantly reinforcing the symbolism and easing the audience’s understanding. And the efforts of Serkis and his fellow mo-cap actors delivered fantastic results. Finally, some great camera work solidified its place as one of the many reasons the summer of 2014 has been such a good one.
As a fully indoctrinated Nolan-ite, it’s difficult for me to judge this movie honestly. Simply giving it an A instead of A+ required some serious mental anguish. But it’s not a perfect movie. It’s a great movie, but I felt some off-balance pacing and a bit of predictability hurt its *ahem* rise to meet the hype. Though this predictability may only present itself to those versed in Batman lore. There were dozens of sequences I loved, and that fantastic Nolan dialog I can’t get enough of. It brought the conclusion the series needed, but the effects weren’t as awe-inspiring as its predecessors.
Maybe I’ve been watching too many Ghost Protocols and Bourne Films, but this spy “thriller” needed a bit more confrontation. I’m ok without action, but I need some intense revelations or arguments to qualify a film as “thrilling.” This movie overflowed with great actors though, all of which did a superb job.
I’m a kung-fu fan, and the makers of this film were too. Like the original, (and most good animated movies quite frankly) the story adapts a tried and true genre plotline and adapts it for it’s own purposes. Though not quite as good as the first, it delivers when it counts. There were moments of character overload, but with the amount of talented actors and artists this movie gathered it wasn’t overly distracting.