Having Risen, the Planet is down Dawning under the watchful eye of director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) and we get to see Caesar grow from liberator of fellow apes to leader of growing community. But he is by no means the only significant cinema ape that is worthy of a little attention. Here are six of the best.
1. Caesar – Rise of the Planet of the Apes
From cute little baby chimp to finger biter, liberator, leader and speaker of real words, Caesar was a compelling and fleshed-out character with huge credit due to Andy Serkis’ typically brilliant performance capture work.
His devoted but aggressive protectiveness of John Lithgow will no doubt see a through-line in Dawn as Caesar takes on responsibility for his family of apes and the disorientation Caesar experiences when first left at the ape “sanctuary” is brilliantly conveyed given the pixellated rendering of the performance.
Caesar’s transition makes him perhaps the most fully-formed character in this list and although it would have been understandable, even forgivable for him to have been anthropomorphised, he remains an ape through and through.