By Matthew McKibben | June 19, 2014
The summer of 2014 has been one of the best summers for movies in recent memory. If the weak link so far is the “pretty good” Maleficent, we’re doing pretty well in the popcorn movie department. That trend may hit some bumpy paths with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction (both Michael Bay productions), but that’s still TBD. The trend of great summer movies looks like it will continue with Matt Reeves’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This movie looks pretty spectacular, both in its epic action but also in its emotionality. One can’t really judge a movie’s brains until you’re sitting in your seat for the movie itself, but the trailer hints that there’s quite a bit of interpersonal drama going on between apes, between humans, and between apes and humans. If there’s one thing that many of these types of movies need, it’s more “tragedy,” in the classical sense of the word, where one’s character flaws cause something monumental to happen. In the age of the comic book movie, so many of these conflicts happen because some unforeseen and unremarkable alien force invades. Rarely is the conflict because of some kind of lack of understanding between two warring forces. Can’t wait to see this.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 11th, is released by 20th Century Fox, is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke