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WILD WILD PODCAST #6: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 4DX is a Mixed Barrel of Monkeys


Not the four hosts of Podthingy, but I’m sure they could do a better job.


Welcome to the Wild Wild Podcast #6

Join co-host Erika “Spunky Destructor” and I as we discuss our experience watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on the only 4DX interactive theater in the United States.



Yeah, yeah, I know. They’re actually apes, not monkeys. If you want to go down that road, technically they’re just humans in million dollar spandex suits with a bunch of little plastic balls sewn to them. This theme of meshing man and monkey (oops, I did it again) is also quite noticeable in 20th Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn is the first sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, however it’s still in prequel land story wise as it pertains to the events that took place on the timeline of the original Charlton Heston classic, Planet of the Apes. If there is one thing I miss about the movies of that time, it’s the shorter movies titles. Apparently Fox really wanted to break out the Webster’s for these reboots.


Cesar Alone

Exhibit #1 of why it takes Caesar longer than his wife to get ready in the morning.


Semantics aside, due to the surprise hit of Rise, Fox dug deep into their pocket books and flung more dough at Dawn, which as a result has more of that blockbuster feel than its predecessor. With that in mind, Erika “Spunky Destructor” and myself took to the theater with my Podthingy podcast co-hosts to see what all the monkey business was about. We didn’t just go to any theater though, we went to the one and only 4DX theater in the nation to witness the film in complete sensory-filled glory. What is 4DX you ask? We explain in more detail during this podcast, but let’s just say it’s like being on a roller coaster that smells funny and sprays water at you while watching a film on a 70 foot screen for two hours.

For those who can’t listen right away, but eventually will (right?… RIGHT?!), here is a quick recap of my thoughts on the apes this go-round.


Two reasons to go bananas for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

1)      Caesar :
Nuff said. On second thought, more needs to be said about Andy Serkis. For the second straight Apes film, the special effect geniuses allow the “precious” actor to pull off an epic performance even buried under digital effects. Cesar is the heart of both films and it shows.


Serkis is Caesar

A face only Andy Serkis’ agent could love.


2)      Scary (and Hairy) Real:
Speaking of digital effects, Caesar isn’t the only triumph of the film. Every ape and the emotion on their furry faces are brought to life with such realism, it’s hard not to think that an apeocolypse might not be too far down the road.


Two reasons Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn’t swing higher:

1)      Human See, Monkey Do:
If like me you felt James Franco was a bit one-dimensional, then the cast of Dawn is half-dimensional. Despite Franco’s stiff performance, at least Cesar provided that human-ape relationship with impact, whereas I didn’t care if Dawn’s human cast succumb to a bad case of diarrhea.


Humans vs Apes

Please forgive me Father for the words about to come out of my keyboard, but “I miss you James Franco!”


2)      The Forgotten Middle Child:
As is often the case with many second or middle films within a series, their main role is to move the story line along at key points of the timeline. Unfortunately, there is no conclusion at the end of Dawn, nor is anything truly achieved, so to speak. Also of note, this film was devoid of the epic moments Rise provided on both a visceral and emotional level.


My Podthingy cohorts didn’t share my negative views of the human acting within the film, but my trusty sidekick Spunky Destructor did however fall more in-line with my own sentiments. Don’t worry Outlaws, it’s not because I paid her off either. In fact, she even had to supply the adult beverages for this show if that tells you anything about my bank account. Remember, this show has no budget and the talent of the host isn’t exactly Billy Crystal caliber. Hell, even a monkey could do it! (And no, I didn’t mean to say ape, they are way too smart for this gig.)


Remember to join Wild Wild Podcast co-host Erika “Spunky Destructor” and I as we discuss our 4DX experience while viewing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on the only 4DX screen in the US located in Downtown LA!




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