War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, the first showed the apes rebellion and the second showed us that their confrontation with humans was inevitable, so in the third was left to resolve that willing. It is clear that we all know the winning side, so the script signed by Matt Bomback and Reeves himself prefer that it lose weight about the most human aspect of history since here even the military sadist played by an inspired Woody Harrelson has reason to act as he does.
Nevertheless, the apes in general and Caesar, in particular, are those who assume the right dramatic weight, first considering the need to continue fighting and then acting accordingly to the facts. This allows Reeves to start the film with a confrontation away from the radical excesses of the final installment of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ in favor of a more mysterious and lethal touch.
This movie was written around that personal struggle, planning Caesar’s mission to strike a particular colony of militant humans headed by the unnamed Colonel. The Colonel is an uninspiring inquisitor who has captured groups of apes to defend his base. Caesar and his orangutan second-in-command Maurice plan an exodus that will let the tribe escape. But when the villain’s plan of attack touches our hero’s own family, revenge becomes the chief motivator, Caesar’s need to defeat the Colonel feels right, rather than like a reflection of his darkest demons.
There are betrayals, deaths, cruelty and many more things, but the important thing is that they get the viewer to feel inside the story instead of being a kind of toll to get to the showdown. Caesar is the star, and it is in a way that at times fits with that darker touch before he has to act as the essential hero.
Also, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a visual spectacle, Reeves wants to take advantage of that to build a film with the background, and that makes you reflect. We could say that it fulfills its facet of entertain, but it gives you something more. And above, he manages to give the saga a grand closing sensation that leaves you with the idea of having seen one of the best trilogies of all time.
War for the Planet of the Apes Cast:
Andy Serkis as Caesar
Woody Harrelson as Colonel
Karin Konoval as Maurice
Steve Zahn as Bad Ape
Amiah Miller as Nova
Judy Greer as Cornelia
Director: Matt Reeves
Running Time: 2h 20m
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Apes together powerful. And, thanks to an reminiscent story and the most realistic anthropoids you’ll find outside a zoo, this third Apes is the strongest yet. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the best ‘Apes’ movie yet, says Peter Travers – and Andy Serkis deserves a damn Oscar.
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