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#1 Movie of All-Time
#1 Romantic Comedy
KING Of All Schmoes
|Directed by:||Matt Reeves|
|Written by:||Rick Jaffa|
|Cast:||Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction|
This is what every big-summer blockbuster should be. Story comes first, and the fate of the entire planet isn't at stake (despite being in the title of the film). It's a small story about conflict between two small groups of survivors just trying to make it in the world. And it's a surprisingly realistic portrayal of how wars are started, and how just a few bad people (or apes) can ruin things for everyone who just wants peace.
This is Caesar's story. He absolutely OWNS this movie, and Andy Serkis deserves a goddamn oscar for his work here. The ape characters are just as fully realized as the human ones, and the conflict plays out perfectly (even if it pretty predictable). The point of the movie isn't trying to surprise you with the plot, it's watching the simplicity of it unfold, and the great storytelling on display. There are a number of inventive shots, and most of the time things play out wordlessly. It's smart, bold filmmaking that we don't get to see much of in our big tentpole action movies.
That's all I really have to say... Go see this movie. It's great, you won't be disappointed.
|Directed by:||Michael Bay|
|Written by:||Ehren Kruger|
|Cast:||Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Titus Welliver, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles|
The logic behind this one is... nonexistent. Not that I'm surprised. It actually makes more sense than the last two movies, Revenge of the Fallen & Dark of the Moon. Mark Wahlberg is a more interesting lead than Shia LaBeouf and his parents ever were. And Stanley Tucci is amazing in his role, even if he devolves into a complete mockery of himself by the end of the film. He started out so promising...
All this is to say that if you LIKED the last three, you'll probably get a kick out of this one. If you didn't like the last two but you liked the first one, you'll probably like this one. If you hate this franchise with a burning passion, you're not going to get anything out of this.
I'm not going to waste any more time talking this through. If you're going to see it, you're going to see it. It's just so goddamn long. I actually enjoyed the first hour for what it was, but by the time the Dino-bots show up (2 hours and 30 minutes into the movie, btw) I was so exhausted I didn't give a shit about anything that was happening. So... Do what you will.