Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
The first movie to appear in 20th Century Fox’s “surprise” panel was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I’d seen rumblings of their appearance beforehand, so I pretty much expected it. With the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel was inevitable. However, the new movie won’t bring back the human characters, but will move forward with Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Andy Serkis will reprise his awesome performance as Ceasar. These three were joined by director Matt Reeves for a panel in front of The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The excitement level reached its climax with Serkis’ introduction. His beloved motion-capture performances are Oscar-worthy in my opinion. I’d venture to guess the crowd agreed with me.
The good news: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a “Ceasar-centric” story, trying to get back to the original movies (started in 1968). Since it’s almost a remake, Reeves explained that the fascinating part of the story will be the “how” not the “what.” I’d agree that movies where audiences know the ending can be tricky, but if the process (or the “how”) is done right, it can be mind-blowing.
Then, we got to see rough footage from the film. Reeves warned us there weren’t many apes (since it takes 10 weeks to create them). However, I’d argue there were plenty of apes in the final shot, where we got a great panned-out look of a war-painted Ceasar. Jason Clarke’s character was at the forefront of the footage, but the apes (there was basically an army behind Caesar) stole the show.
Comic-Con definitely served as a tease for the next Planet of the Apes installment. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Rise, but I do agree that the apes are the best part. If it truly is a “Caesar-centric” story, I think it can explore some really interesting things. I (and you) will find out when it reaches theaters next July.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman
Release Date: July 18, 2014
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