What I liked about the film:
The Emotion (The Story and Performance Capture)
Andy Serkis' performance in the film is brilliant. And while he may not be on screen physically, his mind and soul are very apparent when watching Caesar. He is a terrific actor that has mastered the art of motion capture performances. Everything from a smile, to the way he walks on his two legs, makes us believe Caesar is real. Caesar goes through a lot in this film, and Serkis is there to guide us on the emotional ride; all the while, making forget we're watching computer generated images of apes on the screen. Bravo to Serkis on another memorable film.
The Special Effects
Matt Reeves did a hell of a job with this film. His choice in production design, casting, music, editing and more, all added up to a great film. While I believe the scope of the film, in regards to setting, are a bit too small for this size production, everything else is brought up a notch. When Reeves was announced as the director to the sequel, I wasn't that thrilled. I was very disappointed in Cloverfield, despite all the buzz. And I hadn't seen anything Reeves worked on. But this movie has made me a fan. I hope he returns for the inevitable sequel, and continues to put his stamp on the franchise.
What I didn't like about the film:
The Character Development
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