‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Poster Disappoints

apeposterWell, it was bound to happen. The makes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have finally hit a sour note.

This poster is their first misstep, as far as I’m concerned. This is meant to be Caesar and one of his offspring, and his glower is supposed to tell us that he would do anything to protect his child. Oh, really? Is that something we have to be told?

I find the little baby ape clinging to its daddy to be nauseatingly cute — not the message I think the filmmakers want to send about their epic action-adventure movie about the end of human civilization. Are we supposed to think that this image means apes will create a utopia of peace of love and unlimited rice pudding?

Oh, hell, I’ll come right out and say it: This looks like a transparent attempt to woo female viewers by presenting a loving family scene; preying cheap emotion and the “cute animal antics” that the interwebs are famous for promoting. I think the movie should be able to stand on its own, without tawdry sentimentality.

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Fun With Marvel Concept Art

Marvel Studios released some interesting-looking concept art from its various Phase 2 projects, so I thought I’d share a few cool visuals.

Here are some images intended for Avengers: Age of Ultron, including the visuals for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The image of Hulk and Black Widow could easily be from The Avengers, so looks like director Joss Whedon is going for “more of the same.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy art continues to support the idea that Rocket Raccoon will be the breakout character. I’m more interested in Star-Lord’s mask — which I hope he will wear more than most other movie superheroes wear theirs.