War for the Planet of the Apes Review
War for the Planet of the Apes
"Got to love that motion capture work. Is it wrong that I'd love to see Caesar and King Louie from the modern Jungle Book fight?"War for the Planet of the Apes is the final chapter in the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy. I at least hope it's just a trilogy, because there aren't many franchises that are just trilogies anymore.
There has been a war going on between humans and apes for a long time, with a group of human soldiers afraid that the apes could replace their species. Caesar, the leader of the apes just wants the war to end so that his people can be saved, but the humans will not leave them alone, so he takes it personally.
That is as much as I can say, because talking about the plot of this movie is really hard without going into spoilers.
With that being said, this trilogy is actually a pretty impressive trilogy, it's one of the rare ones that just keeps getting better with each installment. We had Rise, which was just kind of okay to me, we had Dawn which I thought was a lot better, and now War is the best of the trilogy in my opinion.
What can really be said about this movie without giving a ton of details away? The trailers of this movie gave away a little more of the movie than they should've, but I'm not going to hold it against the movie as it is, because there is still a lot to discover with this movie. It'd be a disservice to go into too much detail.
Andy Serkis does great as always. He really is the master of motion capture ever since he was Gollum in Lord of the Rings. He really works well with being so expressive as Caesar, bringing the character literally to life as always. You can tell he's really acting his ass off in that tight suit they always wear for motion capture. A lot of people say he deserves an Oscar, but he already has the support of the people, so that's more important than a golden man statue any day.
The effects overall are impressive from start to finish. The apes look incredibly real. It's like you can reach out and touch them. It's super convincing, like, at times you could mistake the apes in the movie for real life apes on the set with the humans.
The movie also takes a big gamble by having human characters absent from the movie for a long time. The human aspect has always been strong in these movies, so it's mostly up to the apes to carry the film, and thanks to the previous film, Dawn, they did build up Caesar's character enough, and his relationship with his people that it actually works for them to be all we see for a while.
Caesar's journey with his ape friends actually is investing, because it's so believable that they have a connection. We get more Maurice in this movie, he's a great character to watch as well because from the first movie he has always been one of the more developed apes, and he gets his moments to shine, I'm happy about that.
Woody Harrelson is also in this movie as the human villain, he's awesome. We do see that he has kind of been driven to insanity because of this war, but it is a very human thing how they show it. You could put yourself in his shoes, see from his point of view, and it's something that you would probably understand him for through his eyes.
There's also a little human girl in the movie that without giving too much away, has no dialogue and has to communicate with the apes without speaking, and she does a great job at it. Of course it sounds easier to be able to act without any dialogue, but trust me, it's harder than it looks, you have to rely completely on physical expression to let the audience know how you feel. This little girl really sells it.
Even the comedy relief isn't that bad. The character literally named Bad Ape seems like the kind of character who could've been the Jar Jar Binks of the movie, but he's not, don't worry. He's actually funny, and he doesn't get in anyone's way. He has his uses.
There's just a lot to appreciate about the movie's story, it does a lot of things that you wouldn't expect to work, but they do. I actually ended up getting attached to a bunch of apes. I don't think King Kong had this much emotional impact, and that was also a character Andy Serkis played.
I will have to end the review here, because this really is a movie I can't fully describe without giving something away. There is a lot to discover with this movie, I don't want to rob anyone of surprises. It's no doubt a better movie than Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I give War for the Planet of the Apes a rating of 10 out of 10 it's Awesome Epic Explodiness to the EXTREME!!!
I do hope that this is the last film they do, because there aren't enough trilogies these days, it wil, be nice to just have a solid film trilogy.
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