DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Reaction Video Blog

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This is one of those times I wish Peter and I had a chance to re-record our video blog prior to posting.  About two weeks ago, we were able to view an almost finished version of director Matt Reeves‘ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  When I walked out of the screening on the Fox lot, I knew it was a special movie.  Reeves had created a “summer blockbuster” filled with nuance, great character moments, and incredible action.  However, Michael Giacchino’s music and the visual effects weren’t finished, and some last minute tweaks still had to be done.

Cut to two weeks later.  The other night, I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere and press junket in San Francisco and got to see the finished film.  It blew me away.  The finished effects, Giacchino’s amazing score, and watching it for the second time… I left the theater stunned by what Reeves managed to accomplish in a huge budget studio film.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t some empty spectacle designed to sell toys and popcorn, it’s a film about family and the choices you make when there is no easy decision.  It’s loaded with the kinds of things you almost never see in a summer movie.  Dawn is also the rare film that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  Hit the jump for more.

dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-charge-posterBelow is the video blog I recorded with Peter from /Film right after seeing the rough cut.  Like I said, I wish we could have done this one again so my praise of the film would go from an 8 to a 10, and I would talk about how AMAZING the motion capture work by Andy Serkis and the rest of the actors was, or how Weta Digital has raised their game to a new level that makes the effects on Rise of the Planet of the Apes look like they were done on an Atari 2600 (this is an exaggeration, but you get what I mean).

The most important thing I’ll leave you with is I hope everyone that reads Collider turns out for this movie.  This is the kind of movie we all say that we want, but if you don’t go to a theater and support it, the studios won’t continue to invest in smart science fiction.

And while I rarely give out letter grades to a movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a solid A and the 3D is fantastic.  Worth the added ticket price.  For more on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, watch these clips and over ten minutes of behind-the-scenes video.

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  • TigerFIST

    HELL YEAH!!! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!!! Thanks Steve!

    “look like they were done on an Atari 2600 (this is an exaggeration, but you get what I mean)”

    Lmao!

    Keep up the great work! I’m seeing it on the 7th…

  • TigerFIST

    HELL YEAH!!! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!!! Thanks Steve!

    “look like they were done on an Atari 2600 (this is an exaggeration, but you get what I mean)”

    Lmao!

    Keep up the great work! I’m seeing it on the 7th…

  • P-Rye

    Thanks for the good word Steve- I was on the fence about going to see it but now I definitely will.

  • P-Rye

    Thanks for the good word Steve- I was on the fence about going to see it but now I definitely will.

  • Hunter

    Awesome. If GOTG is good. Then all the movies I had high expectations for this summer did not let me down.

    • Nemesis11

      yup. same feeling here. every single movie of my this year’s anticipated list has been good. Robocop, Lego, Cap2, Spiderman 2, X DOFP all were worth the wait. and Godzilla, Edge of tomorrow were just fantastic.

      • MJ

        ASM2?

        Seriously, dude?

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Underrated movie. Too much hate for that one, It was decent

      • Minh

        ….you have amazing taste in film. Believe that. God damn idiots…

      • Blockheads

        ASM2 gets so much hate because we deserve better than “decent”. Any super-franchise movie that’s described as “decent” should get battered with negatively critical reviews. Especially a Marvel film.

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Decent is what the bulk of marvel movies are

      • Blockheads

        I (unfortunately) can’t dispute that, Yellow!

      • Pa Kent Says Maybe

        Sometimes, people set their bars real, real low.

      • Matt1

        Robocop?? REALLY???

      • Blockheads

        Lego Movie was good if you like being spoon fed and slapped in the face with thematic material. It was so successful because it didn’t force the audience to think. The ending was so god-damned unnecessary. Children are smart enough to associate Lord Business with similar types of people in real life. I f*cking hate when movies treat the audience like they’re idiots. Especially when the target audience are children.

  • Hunter

    Awesome. If GOTG is good. Then all the movies I had high expectations for this summer did not let me down.

  • MJ

    Wow! Thanks Frosty

  • Strong Enough

    So all that bull about Rupert saying he didn’t have enough time to tell a good story goes out the window now? Matt got it done and did a better job

    • Blockheads

      RiseOTPOTA is way overrated, imo. The story is paper thin, the characters are even thinner, and the film as a whole only serves a purpose as a prequel. They might as well have just done it in comic form like they do for so many blockbusters nowadays.

      • Strong Enough

        I hated it. I thought it was a boring film. This looks WAY better

      • Blockheads

        +1

  • Justin Kemp

    Why do I have a feeling after watching this video that Matt is going to give this movie a B-? haha I say that because every time he makes a video and he praises how “great” it was and how well done it was put together and so on. But once we get to read his written review, it turns out almost completely opposite from what he was saying in the video blog. Idk I but I just see it happen on more than one occasion.

    • Matt1

      I think you’re confusing Matt Goldberg and Steve Weintraub, dude. They’re 2 different people with different opinions.

      • Justin Kemp

        Nopee! I talking about Matt Goldberg. Steve is pretty consistent on his video and then written movie reviews. Matt is not.

      • Matt1

        You should probably re-word that comment, then. Everyone who reads it is assuming you’re confusing Goldberg for Weintraub, since Frosty’s the one in the video.

    • Ryan K.

      Oh my fucking god, the constant fucking whining on this fucking website about Matt having different fucking opinions is fucking absurd.

      • Justin Kemp

        I sir am not whining. Just making a plain observation. I am not talking about the man having an opinion, I just saying his video blogs and WRITTEN reviews seem to be a lottt different from the video blogs. Thats all I am saying. So cool your shit bro.

  • Grayden

    Agreeing with Frosty about the human side of the story in the first film. In ‘Rise’ they weren’t amazing, but necessary as without them, we wouldn’t get Caesar’s journey. Why he’s willing to give human’s a chance in the first place, and where he learned compassion and how a family is supposed to be. Also, through the humans we see the cruelty towards the apes that both Ceasar and Koba learn first hand. While those aspects of the film weren’t as engaging as those of Caesar and the other apes, they were, again, necessary.

    • Blockheads

      I agree with your comment, but it also reinforces the idea that Rise is not a stand alone film – which means it’s not a very powerful one. It’s too watered down and would be crap independently of being first in a franchise that we all know is coming next.

    • Blockheads

      Obviously I haven’t seen Dawn yet, but as of now, I would rather have had Rise condensed into 45min and attached to Dawn. It would make for a longer film, but would also be justified for being long (unlike most long movies these days). I’m just so tired of the 3-part stories, which is all this franchise is shaping up to be.

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  • DEADP00L

    Please Gods please let this beat that Godsawful Bayformers movie. I will legitimately worry for the human race if this actually doesn’t top the box office.

    • Brian James

      I bet it doesn’t do half of the box office, if past indicators are anything to go on. The only thing I can ever do is not support crap like that, as in, I refuse to watch it even for free.

      The last Apes was surprisingly good, and I will be seeing this one.

      B

      • DEADP00L

        I will forever support the under dog if that’s the case.

      • DEADP00L

        I will forever support the under dog if that’s the case.

      • DEADP00L

        I will forever support the under dog if that’s the case.

    • Pa Kent Says Maybe

      Gods got better things to do.

    • Pa Kent Says Maybe

      Gods got better things to do.

      • Austin Kemprowski

        Nope

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Matt Reeves is a good director?

    Nope. But, I’m certainly hoping he defies me this time around.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Matt Reeves is a good director?

    Nope. But, I’m certainly hoping he defies me this time around.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Matt Reeves is a good director?

    Nope. But, I’m certainly hoping he defies me this time around.

  • STREET JUSTICE

    “The most important thing I’ll leave you with is I hope everyone that reads Collider turns out for this movie. This is the kind of movie we all say that we want, but if you don’t go to a theater and support it, the studios won’t continue to invest in smart science fiction.”

    It’s not that I don’t agree with you, but you say something like this, and then go on and on elsewhere about how amazing Michael Bay, and the tripe that he puts out is is a little off. These ARE the movies we should support at the theaters. A summer blockbuster with a soul and a story and DIRECTION. The group of people putting this film together care about the audience for which it is made, not the ego of one man gets a bigger and bigger hard on for every explosion that’s made. I know you keep the site running on the hits you get from crap like the Transformers, but you lay it on a little thick sometimes…

    • http://www.collider.com/ Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      I hear you…but I never said in any Transformers article that you need to support the film and see it in a theater.

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