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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third and final installment¬†to the Planet of the Apes prequel series. War for the Planet of the Apes centers around Caeser (Andy Serkis) who is trying to make peace with the hostile humans led by the Colonel (Woody Harelson) to lead his group to safety. Peace seems to be possible until unfortunate circumstances force Caeser’s hand to make him realize that the Colonel will never allow peace. From then on, this film takes us on a quite emotional ride as we see Caeser’s struggle to lead his group to freedom.

War for the Planet of the Apes

What Andy Serkis achieves by portraying Caeser with motion-capture is nothing short of amazing. The amount of emotion he gives this character helps you understand why many feel he should win an Oscar for his work with the Planet of the Apes franchise. The CGI used in this film shows how far technology has come as you see the apes have become more human. Not only do they speak more efficiently but they now ride horses as well. The film does a great job conveying to the audience emotional toll this war has taken on Caeser and his group. With this new installment, I continue to sympathize with the apes even though I know how this all ends for the human race.

War for the Planet of the Apes

While I enjoyed most of the film, I did have an issue when it came to the action in the film. This movie is titled War for the Planet of the Apes, yet you don’t get many if any battles sequences. If you are looking for full out action and war, you may leave a bit disappointed, but the movie is still worth the watch. In addition to the introduction of the Colonel, there were two more new faces to the film. We are introduced to a young girl by the name of Nova (Amiah Miller) and a new ape who only refers to himself as Bad Ape (Steve Zahn). I found the character Nova a tad bit useless throughout most of the film even though the movie finds a way to give her character meaning in the second act. The Bad Ape had the potential to be a quite annoying character, yet I found him refreshing as he provides comedic relief in an already tense film.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Overall, I loved this film. This is one of the rare occasions that I have equally enjoyed each movie in a trilogy series. War for the Planet of the Apes is an emotional yet thrilling ride that will leave audiences satisfied with how this chapter closes. I would have to recommend you PAY to see this film in theaters.

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14 thoughts on “War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

  1. This was a good movie….HOWEVER…..there was NO NEED for the little girl…..AT ALL. Would have actually been a better movie without her and I totally dont understand what the writters were thinking about adding her. And the worse part is that most of the commercials I have seen on TV would give you the impression that this girl is somehow pivotal and important to both the Apes and the humans.

  2. Great review without spoiling the movie. I however didn’t like the way it ended, but that’s my opinion. The girl definitely was not needed but it does help illuminate the colonel’s struggle or point of view. Definitely a great franchise, however this installment didn’t leave me satisfied.

    1. The girl ties into the original Planet of the Apes film. That’s why I assume they added her into this film.

  3. I really liked this movie! It was both full bodied in plot and emotional. It felt like a continuous and well fleshed out sequel to its predecessors. I understand the frustration with Nova’s appearance, but I also understand her presence as a reminder of the positive human element and to show harmony between Apes and humans with the waring/destructive humans waging war. The movie is allegorical in so many ways. “Bad Ape” reminded me of Dobby from Harry Potter, but his comic relief was much appreciated. Overall this film is a must see!

  4. This movie was great. Love your synopsis and I agree it’s really a good trilogy series. One thing I enjoyed was the symbolism of the movie. I can’t wait to watch again. I think the War was more of an internal war within themselves where they realized they were just as bad as humans or apes and understood that how some situations will take you that place mentally.

  5. War was excellent! Great story with plenty of action and comic relief!! What more can you ask for of a summer film!!!

  6. This movie was very precious. The beginning and ending got your attention. The storyline, casting, and acting was amazing. It made sense making it believable. I give this movie an A ladies and gentleman.

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