Movies in McConomy

October 9
October 10

If you’re into seeing a movie about monkeys taking over the world, then I figure you would let a toddler cut your hair or learn English from Sofia Vergara. But such a seemingly laughable premise as that seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes can always be redeemed with an unfathomable amount of CGI. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’s apes fall between 2001: A Space Odyssey chimps and Curious George — meaning the monkeys in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are so realistically unreal the viewer may not be able to connect to the apes, which lengthens the already time-consuming movie. However, with that said, the movie is able to maintain the appearance of a thought-out and organized symphony of moving parts. In conjunction with the actors, the apes turn out to deliver great performances, interacting with humans and a post-apocalyptic setting. As a follow up to the reboot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a solid film worth seeing that will make you leave McConomy saying, “Yeah, they’ll make a third one.”

October 11

Continuing this week’s theme of sequels, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is playing this Saturday. Three words: action, drama, and muscles. Unlike the first movie (and most sequels out now), this movie jumps ahead almost 70 years into the future. It starts out kind of where The Avengers left off, but that does not automatically exclude people who have not seen the epic movie involving most of Marvel’s popular superheroes. (Sorry Green Lantern’s Ryan Reynolds, you didn’t make the cut.) This shield-toting superhero sequel doesn’t require the viewer to have seen the original. Many new characters (and bromances) are introduced, as well as old recognizable characters. Like any Marvel superhero movie, the action is superb. Between the car chases, awesome shield-swinging skillz (yes, with a “z”), and fighting sequences, this movie really solidifies the superhero genre as one to be taken seriously.

October 12