I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I was pleasantly surprised by the Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboot. With the disastrous 2001 remake still fresh in the collective cultural consciousness of humanity, I'm sure many of us were not exactly expecting something spectacular.
In the end, we actually got a rather heartwarming (and occasionally heartbreaking) origin story of lead revolutionary and literal gorilla fighter (I know he's a chimp, but the pun still works), Caeser. Dawn of the Planet of Apes continued this tale, and could almost be read as an allegory for the Russian revolution, a kind of modern day Animal Farm - if with slightly more machine gun wielding chimpanzees on horseback...
Now, the director of Dawn, Matt Reeves, spoke to ComingSoon.net about the next edition of the Planet of the Apes prequels. He discussed the importance of Andy Serkis in his role as Caeser, and the slightly biblical tone of the next installment. He stated:
The first one is sort of how [Caesar] goes from humble beginnings to becoming a revolutionary. In ‘Dawn,’ he really rose to occasion of becoming a leader in really challenging and difficult times. The notion of what we’re after with the third is to sort of continue that trajectory and see how he becomes a seminal figure in ape history. He almost becomes sort of like an ape Moses. A mythic status… We’re trying to play out those themes and continue to sort of explore it in this universe. Exploring human nature under the guise of apes.
He continued by discussing the unique place Caeser occupies within the interplay between humanity and the apes. Although ostensibly an ape, Caeser is also somewhat of an outsider to both warring tribes:
A thing I always found very moving was the concept of a character that was [an outsider]. Andy [Serkis] told me the way he played him and the thing that really moved me was that [Caesar] was really all about being an outsider. [He] said that [he] felt [he] was human until the one day it was made clear that that [he isn't]. [He] said it felt like heartbreak. Like, ‘Oh, I’m not one of them!’ Then he’s thrown in with the apes, but he’s not one of them either. He’s an outsider to both. That was very moving to me because he’s an outsider to both but connected to both. He is the unique character in this story to be able to connect between the human and the ape world.
Currently, we can expect Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 2nd. The next chapter of the rebooted Apes saga is expected in theaters on July 19, 2016.
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