video review : Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

video review : Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Add this one to the seemingly endless list of disappointing sequels. 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes set the scene for what could’ve been the first-ever classic movie trilogy. Dawn, the full title of which is just as clunky, kills all hope. The apes talk too much; and even when the humans are talking, the dialogue is stodgy. The storyline, stitched together by a series of unlikely coincidences, is surprisingly tame and predictable. A hero found alive, a villain on a cliff; this is War Movies 101. The only thing unique about it is the fact that most of the star characters are talking apes.

my rating = 3 of 5

2014

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video review : The Dark Knight Rises

video review : The Dark Knight Rises

The title is a fancy way to say that Batman is back. Did the world need another Batman movie? No. But Wayne Enterprises; a multi-billion-dollar company owned by Bruce Wayne himself; is going bankrupt and popular superhero movies; this is the third in what is now a Christopher Nolan trilogy; make an insane amount of money. Two Face is dead and The Joker, a character who should’ve been mentioned if not given a cameo appearance, is in prison. Enter Bane, a strong vicious beast of a man with a gas mask stuck to his face. He wears it for a reason, but it muffles his voice sometimes to the point of being unintelligible.

Not that these characters, including Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, ever have anything poignant to say. Christopher Nolan is a lot better at directing fight scenes than composing dialogue. So the fast-cut plot, riddled with minor holes and unnecessary twists; Gotham City facing its demise in the form of a nuclear bomb is the gist; gets saved by its exciting and often violent action scenes. Most, if not all, of that action coincides with epic Hans Zimmer orchestral music, yes; and the new flying bat-toy is kind of cool; but this Dark Knight, while entertaining, is a sequel that doesn’t quite match the level of its predecessor.

my rating = 4 of 5

2012

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