The sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, while mostly marketed as a hammy Hollywood blockbuster, is the most captivating, earnest, and well thought-out action flick I've seen in a really, really long time.
Quite apart from Andy Serkis' very watchable digital chimp, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes offered up some pretty impressive CGI apes, with next-level mannerisms in swaying, screeching, lunging and teeth-baring, and the huge battle set pieces had a bizarre and mesmeric quality to them...
Which is why I'm glad that this newly-released concept art and behind-the-scenes really depicts the aethsetic quality of the flick. Take a look at James Chinund's work on the movie and just try telling me you're not impressed:
Chinlund worked extremely closely with director Matt Reeves and the rest of the team, crafting a world that felt like it would organically grow out of Rise, while setting up elements of the 1968 original Planet of the Apes.
This kind of remarkable production design only makes me want to rewatch the movie. With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, it's not hard to see why we all went bananas for it...
What did you think of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' aesthetics?