The music in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, composed by Michael Giacchino (Star Trek Into Darkness, Up), is pretty good. It does more than serve a purpose of adding some “oomph” to action sequences or emotionally charged moments. There is no actual spoken dialogue until about 15 minutes in to the movie and even after that, there’s not a lot of sound to occupy the senses outside of the music. Oh there’s dialogue, plenty of apes talking silently in sign language with subtitles for our benefit – so having a great soundtrack with this makes one easily forget that “wait, didn’t they use ape sign language as a device in that piece-of-shit Congo?” It’s one of those times where I sat through the end credits not for any kind of hope for a post-credit stinger but because I just enjoyed hearing the soundtrack play out.
Probably the greatest thing about the soundtrack is that the vast majority of it’s songs are all ape puns:
Monkey to the City
Monkey See, Monkey Coup
How Bonobo Can You Go
The Apes of Wrath
And the one that makes me smile the most: “Planet of the End Credits.”
Normally I don’t discuss the soundtrack unless its something super outstanding. The soundtrack to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is great – but it’s mostly the ape puns for titles that I really enjoy..
WANTING MORE APES
Released in the USA on July 11, 2014 and was a success – $708,835,589 box office gross making it the 9th highest grossing film of the year. With many critics calling it “the summer’s best popcorn film,” (but those same critics said the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbit and then one sad sack of shit calling Transformers: Age of Extinction the same thing – so “the summer’s best popcorn film” is a pretty throwaway accolade). Good word of mouth, the quality of its predecessor and the first film’s cliffhanger ending are all things that gave the film a strong opening. The film holds a solid rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and just about every review I could find was mostly favorable. Really the only negative review I could find was a bitter piece that basically said (and I paraphrase): “moves that start with those fake-news montages always suck so this movie must suck.”
To highlight some reviews from other critics, Guy Lodge of Variety called it “an altogether smasing sequel.” AO. Scott of The New York Times praised the film saying that Dawn is “technically impressive and viscerally exciting.” Drew McWeeny of HitFix said “It’s a great science-fiction film, full-stop, one of the year’s very best movies so far.” These are all statements I can agree with. I didn’t have an opportunity to read the review by Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers but I’m certain he probably called it “smart sexy and seriously funny.”
With such favorable reviews and financial success we can hope for a sequel easily. In fact 20th Century Fox did announce earlier this year that production for another Apes movie was already underway with the same writer and same director as Dawn. Right now the estimated release date is July 14, 2017. So we’ve gotta wait over 2 years from now for a new movie about these fascinating apes. If it’s bound to be as good as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was then it’ll be worth the long delay.