Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Director: Matt Reeves

Rating: 10/10

15 years set after the first movie, the Simian flu has spread and devolved thousands of humans-causing to be mute. Humans must now face the harsh reality but retracts once again with the help of the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson) causing unimaginable losses to the race of Caesar. The apes and the humans must now face once again to determine the fate of the planet and the future that lies ahead.

I watched War for the Planet of the Apes last Saturday and oh-boy was it a great movie! Credits for Matt Reeves for continuing the trilogy with such a great storyline. From the first movie, we see the evolution of Caesar as a loner to a fearless leader of the apes. Throughout the trilogy, we also find a connection with him making the movie more emotional when (SPOILER ALERT!!) he bids his goodbye. He also struggles finding himself as he fights his inner demons. You see, he was always a different – an ape raised by humans. He is always haunted by Koba’s memory-sometimes being confused with the choices he makes as everything he does is for the protection of his clan. The storyline not only reaches for great cinematic action sequences, but also morally complex plotlines which is respectful since the original were popular due to that. This movie really shows that this is one of the best trilogies of the 21st century.

Andy Serkis gives yet another oscar-worthy performance as Caesar. It really is a pity since there is no motion-picture category in the Oscars. (get yourself together Oscars!) The entire cast also adds to the more realistic feel of the movie. Kudos to also Karin Konoval for giving a great performance portraying the fan-favorite Maurice in the Planet of the Apes. And of course…. a well-deserved clap to Weta Digital for creating such immersive, brilliant, realistic CGI effects that really puts a mark in the movie history. The apes were always interesting to me as all of them had their own personality. I’ve always liked Caesar because he is the bridge between apes and humans as he was raised by the latter. Maurice was also someone who I liked as he gives balance to Caesar’s leadership. However, Bad Ape-who is a new character in the movie-was a great one that stole some scenes. Bad Ape was a risky character as he is a light, funny innocent ape in a dark, twisted movie. On the contrary to many people thinking of him as a Jar-Jar character, I really liked him as he had great comedic timing that balances the movie. The one problem that many people have in the apes trilogy is that the humans are not as interesting as the apes. Though this movie does not give ultimate justice to this matter. I did like Woody Harrelson’s character in this and the charisma he brought. I also did like the Preacher, one of the soldiers of Alpha Omega as he did have a bit more screen time. The music that accompanied the movie was epic and did bring tension and excitement in right timing.

When you watch primarily the second act of the movie, you’d expect it to end with a great big fight to finish it and it does in a way, but not as how you’d expect it. In the third act, you’d see the apes actually struggle getting out of prison and finding a way to save everyone. War for the Planet of Apes does give a lot of plot twists and complex storytelling that keeps you on the edge of the seat. I give this movie a perfect 10/10. Yes, you heard that right! This movie couldn’t be any more perfect.

War of the Planet of the Apes is definitely a movie to see. With its great history-making visual effects and morally complex storylines, War of the Planet of Apes will truly go down as one of the best movies of our generation. And it pays great ode to the original! Thanks Matt Reeves for doing it correct this time.

A great suggestion for all of you! Watch the pre-edited scenes of the Planet of the Apes so you can see the unrecognizable performances of Andy Serkis and others. There a lot of videos of it roaming around Youtube. Here are some!




*I recently found out that Matt Reeves, the director of this movie, will also be directing the upcoming Batman movie in the DC cinematic universe! I guess you could say DC is on the right track this time!

*Since I loved the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy so much, I will be watching the original Planet of the Apes movie series in the 60s-70s-yup, all the 5 movies. So better watch out for a new movie review soon! bye!


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