To me, this has been an odd summer at the box office. Big movies with colossal budgets have come and gone within a couple of weeks, it seems. Big stars didn't get big attention at the box office. Maybe moviegoers were so overwhelmed by the huge productions opening every week that they just didn't know which one to see.
Two weeks after it opened, I heard no one talking about this year's Godzilla remake. I don't have a friend or acquaintance who mentioned having seen the summertime Tom Cruise action movie release, Edge of Tomorrow. Remember when the new Tom Cruise action/fantasy thriller was the big buzz in summer entertainment news? Not this year. Jon Hamm starred in Disney's Million Dollar Arm. That baseball movie struck out at the box office. Transcendence starring Johnny Depp tanked.
I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes only because top critics raved about it. I didn't see the previous installment in which all the apes wound up in San Francisco with James Franco.
How did I feel about this new movie in the "apes" franchise? I have to write this -- Bravo, Andy Serkis. He made Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worth every single penny of the ticket price.
His acting this time around as Caesar made the ape leader one of the most memorable characters I've seen in a film so far this year. Even though he's a fantasy character, he's totally believable in what he wants for his life, for his community and for his family. There's such depth and feeling to the actor's work. It's like Andy Serkis has become the Meryl Streep of high-tech actors.
And, once again.....Bravo, Andy Serkis. Excellent work.