‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’: An Impressed Fan’s Opinion | Film Review
War For The Planet Of The Apes is a recently-released action film starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, and Karin Konoval. It is directed by Matt Reeves, who is most notable for crafting the screenplay for The Yards (2000) and directing 2010 horror Let Me In. The official plot synopsis via IMDb reads: “After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind”.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is the third film in the trilogy, and probably ranks as the best trilogy we’ve had this century.
The most impressive character in the film has to be Caesar. This is a Caesar we’ve seen go from innocent child, to cruelly-treated animal, to fair and peaceful leader, to the regrettable warrior he’s had to become due to Koba, the ape he trusted, throwing him back into this fight. He wanted nothing more than protection for his family and tribe.
Of all the actors that feature, I would highlight Serkis who displays some remarkable acting. The ape-like movements are so realistic, almost over-shadowing the severe guilt and anger that Caesar goes through.
Harrelson plays a great villain, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats, and the evolution of his character is interesting.
The story is emotional in parts, and besides the war between humans and apes, it also shows a special bond between a human girl and the apes. It gets to a point where the girl identifies herself as an ape in part of the movie.
I love that Caesar is fighting this final battle here, and his brothers who helped him escape captivity in the first film voluntarily fight alongside him. They are a lovable, laid-back group of five who back Caeser, willing to do anything for him and maintain a strong union. I was particularly impressed with the relationship between Caesar and Maurice. Zahn – dubbed “Bad Ape” – also joins the pack for comic relief.
If I were to rate this film, I’d give it an 8 out of 10. It’s an interesting watch, and probably the best of the trilogy.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is out in cinemas everywhere, and here’s a preview of what to expect:
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