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Planet of the Easily Entertained

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When I found out that the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was getting great reviews by viewers and critics alike, my immediate reaction was one of disbelief. This was a movie that I had automatically written off as not worth my time just by viewing the trailer. Let me explain how I came to my first conclusion that this movie would be mediocre at best.

Red flag #1: talking animals. I don't know about everyone else, but I have a hard time taking talking animals seriously. There's a time and place for them, namely Disney movies and children's cartoons, but in a serious live-action movie, there are limited ways to pull it off. Granted this is a Planet of the Apes movie, meaning that talking apes are essentially a requirement, but it felt too much like I was watching a live-action interpretation of Tarzan, complete with over-characterized talking animals that just didn't quite fit well enough into the real world.

Red flag #2: the predecessor was no good. For those of you who don't know, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which also left me largely underwhelmed. This was the primary reason I assumed "Dawn" would be garbage. It wasn't until the reviews started rolling in that I began to consider the possibility that this could be a good--or maybe even great movie... I've never been so wrong, and this movie definitely doesn't deserve the No Nonsense Seal of Approval.

This movie made me realize more than ever that it's not just the movie industry that is going downhill, but today's audience as well. The story was utterly predictable and flat-out boring. But what baffles me the most is how unbelievably far off the reviews were. I've heard people say that this movie was like "The Godfather with apes" and that the story was "engrossing" and "intelligent." Looks like moviegoers have really lowered their standards and forgot about movies that actually are engrossing and intelligent, most notably The Prestige, a movie that really should be the paradigm of modern storytelling.

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