‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Review

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Review

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the conclusion to a now six year trilogy that started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. This was one of my most anticipated films of the year, just based on the fact that I love both ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn’ and I was looking forward to see how returning director Matt Reeves was going to end the trilogy. To get this out of the way, I believe that this is one of the best third films in a trilogy ever. Right up there with LOTR: Return of the King. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a dark, bleak, and emotional film that is masterfully directed. There are and extreme amount of positives in this movie. Firstly, this is probably the best special effects I have EVER SEEN. I’m serious about that. Most of this film is spent with the apes. There is barley no human characters in this movie. There are humans obviously, but there is no James Franco, Jason Clarke or Keri Russel character like in ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn’. So when these apes are walking around and signing to each other, it looks real. Almost too real. The effects in this movie are really something to behold. Another brilliant thing in this movie to me is Matt Reeves’ direction. Reeves directed the hell out of this movie. There is not a ton of dialogue in this movie. What I was most impressed with by Matt Reeves was his ability to tell the story just through visuals. One negative I had with the other two Apes films was that I felt that there was a lot of exposition scenes in the films to explain to us whats going on. Matt Reeves “shows” us whats going on. Not explaining what’s going on. The performances in this movie are honestly…..groundbreaking. Look, Andy Serkis the man behind Gollum in the LOTR franchise, King Kong, and now Caesar, is one of the best actors working today. Again his performance as Caesar is powerful, poignant, and subtle. The academy needs to recognize that just because he is acting through CGI makeup, aka motion capture, that it is just as a performance as anything else. He deserves an Oscar for all the incredible work he has done. Woody Harrelson is also brilliant in this film. Delivering a truly haunting performance. Also the new ape character “Bad Ape” is so great. He is the comic relief of this film and at first I thought he was going to get annoying but he was anything but that. He was so funny and just so likable.  I applauded Matt Reeves and the filmmakers to had the balls to go this dark with this film. This film is truly a “War” movie. There is so many….holocaust and slave imagery in this film. It’s very bleak but what I this is so awesome about this movie is how goddamn epic it is. There are scenes in this movie where Caesar is giving speeches, or revolting against something and it is so EPIC. On the topic of epicness, Michael Giacchio’s score is AMAZING. Like I said earlier, there are a lot of moments of silence and the score compliments it so well I was so surprised to hear how amazing the music was in this movie. Before I end here, I just have to say that if you’re looking for some Ape on Human action, your probably not going to find it here. This is a dark and powerful drama that is a great conclusion to the character of Caesar. Caesar’s character arc ends here beautifully  and Andy Serkis creates one of the greatest characters in cinematic history in my opinion. Overall, I was blown away by this film. This trilogy of ape movies will probably go down as one of the greatest trilogies of all time. WARNING: Prepare to cry. I’m not ashamed to say it…..I shed a couple of tears. The only negative that I can find in this movie is the rewatchability of this film. I can’t really see myself watching this movie again just based on the fact of how truly heartbreaking and bleak the film is. Though that’s not a detriment to the film as a whole.




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