Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is this summers block buster film that isn’t a superhero movie, but you may know the film’s better title: Rise of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or even Dawn of the Rise of the War of the Planet of the Apes. I’m just kidding, those are just a few of the names that I’ve been calling Matt Reeves‘ installment of the sci-fi franchise that started back in the 60s. After many stumbles of the tongue and just saying; “Well, the writers don’t really give two shits about the lineage of the franchise, so I’m done remembering what intransitive verb the writers are using for each Apes film” and I just call them That One Apes Film. It seems to suffice.
So far, the film has ranked number 1 at the box office for its’ first two weekends, and with good reason too. Although a bit lengthy, the 130 minute long sci-fi delivers on all expected spectrums with great triumph. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes on the difficult task of splitting screen time not only equally between the humans and the apes, but also doing so well. 10 years ago, could we have almost an entire movie based between apes that communicate only though sign language? Maybe, but would the general public grasp at a science-fiction movie with such thirsty eyes? Probably not, at least not without Andy Serkis‘ amazing portrayal of the apes leader, and over-all Einstein: Cesar. But let us not forget that much of that credit goes to the motion-capture and special effects teams that work so hard to tie his performances to the screen character. All of the apes/monkeys/orangutans/etc. do not speak yet in this second installment of the re-imagined franchise based in the future, but they are all portrayed with great detail and a giant range of emotion which can unsettle the human viewer. It really digs deep into the human consciousness and reminds you that animals have feelings too and makes you think twice about scientific advancement.
This One Ape Film is a summer block bluster that delivers action, war, surprise, and intrigue while not just being mind-numbing entertainment. It’s a blockbuster that makes the viewer think about the consequences our scientific advancement can create AND remind us of heavy-handed prejudices, a hatred that is exposed and juxtapositioned between both the humans and the apes. Which is what eventually leads us to our own, already realized desolation. And that overall chilly feeling of lost, it is delivered in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but G-D it if these intransitive verbs have finally gotten out of hand. Because the film doesn’t deliver us to the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it takes us to steps (or movies, or installations) before that! We do not get the war that we were promised, only the misunderstanding between the apes and the humans that leads to the eventual near extinction of the humans. So I guess it was more of a battle than a war? Which is, as well all know the next expected installment of the franchise, but they might go changing that too.
But if I may be so inclined I would like to present to you, what the titles should have been for this re-imaging. With intransitive verbs that actually make sense. Possible spoilers ahead?
2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes– Depicts how the apes eventual leader is created and a huge portion of the human population is wiped out with the Simian Flu. Should have been titled – The Beginning of the Planet of the Apes—because the writers don’t care about the length of the name anyways.
2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- After the desolation of the human race, we have the apes growing stronger and populating faster, they out number the unknown number of survivors of the Simian Flu who have retreated to the center of cities. After a misunderstanding between one hateful ape and the rest of the not-so-hateful apes, a battle begins and ends in the human’s sanctuary: San Francisco. When Cesar learns that an army enforcement is on it’s way and it is too late to explain what had happened; he tells the remaining humans to leave and find refuge somewhere else. This suggests the next installment will concentrate on the war between the leftover humans and the apes. Ironically—Rise of the Planet of the Apes would be a much better suited name for this installment.
2016’s War for the Planet of the Apes– supposedly focuses on the military/army fighting against the apes, and we all know the apes will win— Oddly enough, can still be named War for the Planet of the Apes
20xx’s Name yet to be disclosed– Although the plot and title of the film has yet to be revealed, but if 20th Century Fox continues on the path of sucking the franchise dry, then we can expect one more film before the actual Planet of the Apes and I believe that this film will focus on the human race crumbling and becoming the eventual slaves of the apes, and the apes building their civilization. And this fill should be called — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
20xx’s Planet of the Apes which will be the remake/re-imaging of the 1968 original film for today’s audience and it would obviously be called Plant of the Apes.
And that folks, is why you should never let dumb dumb title the films of a franchise they know nothing about apparently. But that’s just me. Do you have any suggestions on what the films should be titled? Let’s hear em below, because I’m dying to know!