Saturday, July 15, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review

You probably don't have much time to read a three page film review and you probably want the basics. We'll make it quick and easy to save you time. This is the War for the Planet of the Apes movie review.


Taking place about two years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves's stunningly directed film follows the trilogy's protagonist Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he battles against traitor apes and murderous humans.

The film is visually pleasing, and probably the only one this stunning in 2017, but the true heart lies in the moral confusion going on with Caesar. Every other ape has a black or white stance on the war between humans and ape, but Caesar is conflicted for reasons relating back to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Caesar starts off War with a very vengeful mind after The Colonel – played mind-numbingly evil by Woody Harrelson  infiltrates the ape secret base. The film then becomes somewhat of a grind story-wise. Co-writers Reeves and Mark Bomback create a story that tries not to be pigeonholed into one genre. This creates many of the film's problems along the way. The first-half acting as a revenge epic, while the second-half a Great Escape-esque ticking time bomb mixed in with a couple biblical moments. Of course when you're not focusing on the pudgy story and stick to the characters the film flourishes.

Caesar (center), in War for the Planet of the Apes, Courtesy 20th Century Fox
War for the Planet of the Apes's focus on characters and visuals makes this third installment of the trilogy a must watch. While the overall story of War doesn't have much of an impact, it's Caesar's moral journey that's the center-focus of the franchise, and is what will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Grade: B

Good Qualities: Visuals, Characters
Bad Qualities: Overdrawn Story



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