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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

There has been a dearth of  blockbuster movies this summer.  The industry has had high hopes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

I read the reviews with trepidation.  The Daily News loved it, Newsday hated it.

There was a lot of action in this movie, and great special effects (we saw it in 3D), but overall I think the movie is to cerebral for a summer blockbuster.  Definitely not a "check your brain at the door" kind of movie.  The first movie took on science and genetics and experimentation, this movie addresses violence and gun control, and trust between intelligent beings.  Caesar wants to build a peaceful society of apes away from human influences, but in the end he realizes humans and apes are not so very different from each other.  Very thought-provoking.

Afterwards we wound up at the Empress diner, one of our staples.  I had my usual burger, drew wanted soup -- and they serve a huge bowl of chicken soup with noodles, lots of saltine crackers on the side.  Yes, I love diners.


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