Matt Hurwitz – The Art of the Films – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

apesAuthor: Matt Hurwitz
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Art, Movie
ISBN: 9781783291977

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

Summary: The perfect companion for Planets of the Apes fans tying in in with the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, revealing the production photography and concept art behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Review: Guilty pleasure – cheesy 70s movies, including, yes, The Planet of the Apes. When the remake came around, there was no way I was going to go see it. No way. Nope.

So after seeing the movie (I know, I know), not only went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes but was excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The idea is still cheesy but the special effects have come so far from those 70s Roddy McDowall talking ape styles. This hardcover coffee-table art book focuses on the latter two movies, basically sectioned into one movie and then the next.

This is an interesting contrast of illustrations and the “green screen” live action moments. While the illustrations were true to what you expect to see, the green screen was incredibly interesting for me.

There are a few deleted scenes shown in the book, such as a touching moment between Cornelia and Caesar. There are a myriad of scenes and explanations but nothing that seemed spoilerish, for those who have yet to see either movie. There are humans in the book as well, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell as part of the human survivors.

The best part of the book for me was how well it portrayed the complex work that goes into a movie with such limited “human” screen time. Comparisons of the green screened human face with the ape face were particularly worth a study. This is definitely a plus for fans of the movies.

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