War for the Planet of the Apes
Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary
14 July 2017
War of the planet of the apes cements this planet of the Apes trilogy as one of the top ten movie trilogies of all time. Now this wasn’t what I was expecting to be my best movie of the summer but it hands down is. Now one thing that I love about this movie is that if you haven’t seen the first 2 installments you will not be lost at all; 5 sentences of dialog clears that up. But I would suggest viewing them before hand as they are great movies.
One thing that I didn’t even realise until after watching this movie is that there was a slightly misleading advertising campaign there technically no “WAR” for the planet between the Apes and Humans but that’s probably the biggest negative of the movie.
The directing and cinematography of this movie is amazing but what did we really expect? (This gets me so gassed (excited) to see Matt Reeves direct a batman movie) Even though the action gets turned down it’s made up for by the level of tension that gets turned up to a 10. Motion and performance capture was on point (I don’t believe in the Oscars) but Andy Serkis needs an award for another great performance as the leader of all Apes. In 2017 every movie has tons of CGI but I have never seen CGI characters look so real! At times I forgot that apes don’t really ride horses.
Cearser growth in this movie is some of the best character arc I have ever seen. As he struggles to not turn into the Villainous Ape that this war started over Koba while trying to save his race from the humans who so desperately want to wipe them off the face of the planet. Its amazing to see Ceaser pushed to edge and really test the boundaries of the character.
War of the planet of the apes cements this planet of the Apes trilogy as one of the top ten movie trilogies of all time.
Character is one of the greatest driving factors of this movie – I loved Woody Harrelson performance and motives, he brought depth and a true villainy to the role. And I have to give a shout out to “bad Ape” the charter played by Steve Zahn who walked a very thin line and could have been jar jar binks but makes a welcome and perfect performance.
Even with the dark tones they found a great place for humor, it’s not often that you watch a movie and your rooting for the apes and not the human characters.
To buy or not to buy: This is a great movie and I recommend you watch it in theaters and it is a must buy on Blu-ray when it comes out!
P.S. Everyone knows I love Easter eggs and they don’t disappoint us the small hints that link back to the old planet of the Apes franchise are subtle and can go unnoticed depending on how much of a Cyber Nerd you are.
Reviewed by Joe
- Great Performances
- Amazing Visual effects
- The best in character development
- Not the war we expected
- pacing in issues in the 2nd act