If you’ve not seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet, do so immediately. As TK wrote in his review, it’s everything good science fiction should be. Along with Edge of Tomorrow, they are the two best mainstream sci-fi films in years.
Much of Dawn’s success can be attributed to the masterful performances of the apes, and how Matt Reeves managed to create a universe in which we sympathized with the animals, who were just as human as the actual humans who inhabited the film.
Obviously, Andy Serkis and his mesmerizing performance as Caesar gets much of the credit for helping to create sympathy for the apes, but there are others whose names aren’t as big as Serkis’ who also deserve credit. Toby Kebbel, for instance, was brilliant as extremist ape, Koba, and we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of Kebbel in the years to come (he’ll play Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot).
My favorite ape, however, was Maurice, a Bornean orangutan who had retired from the circus. He was Caesar’s closest friend and ally and his sympathy for the humans did a lot of the necessary work to make us — the viewer — find the common interests in both camps. Maurice was a sweetheart.
Maurice happens to be played by Karin Konoval. The name may not ring any bells for you immediately, but X-Files fans will certainly recognize another one of her roles, as the most terrifying movie monster in television history.
Yep. She also played Mrs. Peacock on Home, the most singularly creepy episodes of television ever.
That’s range, folks. That’s damn good actressin’.