War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

For freedom. For family. For the planet.

Overview

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Metadata
Title War for the Planet of the Apes
Director Matt Reeves
Director of Photography Michael Seresin
Producer
Runtime 2 h 20 min
Certification PG-13
Release Date 11 July 2017
Tagline For freedom. For family. For the planet.
IMDb Id tt3450958
Trailer

What a pleasant surprise. A third instalment in a blockbuster franchise remake that actually holds up to the original. I would even say that of all nine Planet of the Apes movies and remakes (yes, I have seen all of them…), this one ranks as number 2, second only to the 1968 original.

War for the Planet of the Apes actually has a story and paces it such as to let it have effect on the viewer, something most blockbusters these days (Marvel in particular) seem to have forgotten how to do. We pick up the story some 15 years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where most of the planet is now seemingly under ape control; Caesar -probably the most rounded role Andy Serkis has played to date- still leads the apes, and is wary of more more battles with the humans – who are still fighting hard. And as it turns out, their Colonel (an also excellent Woody Harrelson) isn’t only fighting the apes…

There is plenty of action and impressive yet-not-distracting CGI, and a strong supporting score, if a bit forcefully sappy at times. But the most enjoyable thing is the character development. Caesar and the Colonel turn out not to be just the Noble Hero vs the Evil Colonel the movie present us with at the start. An enjoyable blockbuster it is.

★★★½

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