by on July 21, 2017

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War for Planet of the Apes review

War for the Planet of the Apes is an amazing story of evolution, family, fate, love, disloyalty, guilt and revenge.

War for the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steven Zahn, Judy Greer and a bunch others in a film wonderfully directed by Matt Reeves. But how do I really feel about it?

Minor spoilers ensue.

Planet of the Apes films on Amazon.

In the first act, we are given a quick recap of the last two movies, events leading up to this third prequel film. In the first act, we’re introduced to the last bastion of humanity hunting down the apes, with “The Colonel” (Harrelson) on the hunt for Caesar (Serkis) himself. But Caesar’s crew cut off the attack, and send the surviving humans back, sending the message that he doesn’t want war. Just to be left alone.

But it was a tactical error because now that The Colonel knows his location, he comes back to assassinate Caesar, but instead kills Caesar’s wife and son. This sets things in motion we never saw coming. One, is to send the remaining apes to a trip to a save zone out in the desert while he goes after The Colonel, hell bent on revenge for the taking of his son’s life.

The opening act drives home the emotional capability, the family structure of the apes. It drives home in this prequel, how unlike the original films, instead of hating the apes, we feel strongly for the apes, the victim of humanity. They’re the victim of science that was applied to them by humans. They’re the victim because they’re blamed for the simian flu that wiped out most of humanity. And now they’re blamed for this “all out” war that Koba started back in the last film.

The apes can’t catch a break, and The Colonel is the answer that humanity has to cleanse the planet of the apes. But much like Caesar’s motivation, we learn he too has some fascination movitivations.

What I found amazing in this film that has the word ‘war’ in it, there’s a ton more story than expected and a lot less ‘war,’ and that’s a refreshing perspective. We were given a chance to get involved with the various characters, including the traitor apes that are working for the humans now. The apes are becoming so much more human as they and the films evolve this franchise.

Serkis’ portrayal of Caesar is absolutely amazing. His facial ticks, his stature, posture, how he carries himself delivers this amazing characterization of our hero. Or anti-hero, depending on your perspective.

Harrelson delivers a pretty solid performance as the obsessed military leader hell-bent on smiting the apes.

We’re also introduced to Nova and Cornelius in this chapter. And we all know, at least if they stick to cannon if they keep moving forward with this new franchise, where these two will end up.

The one thing I HATED about this film, is how many times I found myself trying not to cry. It was more than once, and that’s all I’m saying.

It has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1/10 on IMDb.

All in all, I’d give this film a 9/10 popcorn score, easily. It’s a lot less violence and much more story than I expected, so you get your money’s worth. And it IS worth whatever you pay for it, whether you go see it in theaters or when it lands in the home entertainment market.

Go see it. It’s a great movie experience that will stick with you beyond the closing scene. I guarantee that.

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