Well, maybe not something as binary as “smart” and “stupid”, but you can’t beat that attention-grabbing terminology.
Coming off of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (dat title), I’ve been thinking a lot about the movie and its particulars. I didn’t expect it to be that good, but much like last year’s Pacific Rim, I was pleasantly surprised. Of course I’d prefer not to speak for anyone else, but if you need a recommendation for Dawn, you’ve got it. In a cultural climate where there have been four Transformers movies, it’s good to see that there are still films -- even summer films -- that put in the effort and absolutely kill it in execution.
But now that the movie’s taken a place inside my unreasonably-large head, I can’t help but consider it in light of other movies, video games, and stories in general. Dawn may be a movie that has apes with machine guns (it’s as stupid as it sounds), but it’s an intelligent movie with the skill to put forth and examine its themes. It’s a smart movie, all things considered. Inherently smart, gunner-monkeys aside. Even so, it doesn’t take away from any other high-quality stories out there. Pacific Rim is inherently stupid, but it’s also got some juice to it. It’s got high execution as well, and brains to go along with the metaphorical brawn.
So you know what that means. I think it’s about time we try and sort this thing out.