Apes together strong! Rise, Dawn, and War films together… awesome!!!
Directed by Matt Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment of the prequel/reboot of the franchise. Starring Andy Serkis once again as the apes’ charismatic leader, this film cements the entire trilogy as one the bests in recent years.
Years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar has been on war with the US military. Devising a plan to escape and build a community in a desert, Caesar prepares his apes for the migration, but the ape community suddenly suffers heavy losses thru the hands of the Colonel (Woody Harrelson)…just a day before the planned trip. With heavy guilt, Caesar decides to leave his tribe and hunt the Colonel on his own.
Andy “The Mo-Cap God” Serkis delivers it yet again as Caesar! He gave such emotion to the character that it is baffling that one of the most well-made characters in recent movie history is an ape.
The CGI in the film is a technological marvel! The apes look terrifyingly realistic. Each close-up a wonderful painting.
It was also good to see the original gang working together for the majority of the film. If you have seen the series, then you know that Rocket, Maurice, and Caesar went through a lot. Through the trials and hardships they faced, a deep bond was made among the three of them (and the community).
The drama of this film is massive. The journey is grand. Actually, it seems biblical in its ambitions. Caesar is a savior to his people. He is like their Moses/Jesus. Whoa, wait… A bit of research says that Matt Reeves really was inspired by such tales.
Good job also for the music. It was gripping and intense when it had to be.
However, I have still issues with the film.
First, the trailer and the name of the film promises an action-packed story. But it relied more on drama. The past two films, especially the last one, had a good balance of drama and action, but War is more drama-centered. Some people might just me off about it since they expected something else.
Second, due it to its focus on drama, the first part of the film dragged a bit. There was a bit of a pacing issue
Lastly, the character of Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) might not be for everyone. For me, he walked a very thin line between effective comic relief and cringy comic relief.
War of the Planet of the Apes gave everyone an assurance that the remake/prequel trilogy is truly one of the best trilogies of all time. It may have issues with its pacing and long scenes building up to its drama, but would you really complain about it if the drama was so tear-jerking at the end? This film is still…