Chris’ Movie Review
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)
Recommendation: Pay The 8
The first film, good. Second movie, great. Third installment? Well….
War For The Planet Of The Apes stars Andy Serkis (Caesar), Woody Harrelson (Colonel), Steve Zahn (Bad Ape), and Terry Notary (Rocket).
Caeser wants peace. He wants the wars and senseless killings to end. Unfortunately, a human group, led by the Colonel (Woody), wants to finish off the apes. After a raid by the Colonel’s men, and himself, Caeser sets out to seek revenge.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is a movie that has a lot of expectations to live up too. While the second movie wasn’t much of a character developing plot, it provided an immense amount of eye candy for the viewers. The third film, took a different approach.
For starters, give Andy Serkis an Oscar. What else does he have to do? All of these movies succeeded with his tremendous acting skills. He dominates the world of motion capture acting and for anyone to deny him an Oscar, is completely aburd. You actually tear up for Caeser in certain moments. You feel his pain, passion, rage, happiness. All of that for an fictional motion captured creature. Come on Oscars. Get with the show already.
Moving on from my little rant, Woody Harrelson is a ton of fun in this film at well. He plays the villain of the movie and he almost gets you to side with him at one point. His acting is top notch here and watching him play off of Andy Serkis is an incredible viewing experience.
The action of this movie is well directed. All of these films have great looking action scenes and this movie is no exception. The shots are placed well. The camera angles are just right. And you can see everything that plays out. It’s so great to point out films that do action scenes correctly. It shows that not only the director knows what they’re doing but also that they care about what the audience sees.
Alright, here are the week points. This film is slow. Really slow. If you’re expecting an action packed thriller, go watch the second movie. War For is mainly focused on developing the last character arcs of this carnation of apes. Caeser, being the main focal point, deals with a lot of pain and suffering throughout this movie and the film tends to him in many of the sequences throughout.
Now, this isn’t a bad thing. If you’ve been following Caeser from the beginning, you won’t be disappointed watching his character grow. But for those who are just jumping into this movie or haven’t watched the others in a long time, the third film in this trilogy will seem a tad too long throughout your viewing.
Another negative is the action scenes that we do get, don’t really invovle Caeser. Which is fine, you can set him aside but when you’ve focused all of your time and effort into building this character, he should be the leading charge in this battle. Not some outside influence. (As per usual, no spoilers will be given as to what that “Outside influence” is).
And lastly, there’s a girl character that’s brought in for… something. Granted, she has a use to one of the plot lines but she doesn’t really bring a lot to the table. You could’ve cut her out, put an ape in her place, and you wouldn’t notice that you were missing her.
Again, she does serve a purpose but it’s debatable on how important she really is. She does contribute in some key moments, so I guess I can give her that. Otherwise, this character seemed to be made important in the trailers, when she kind of isn’t.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is a solid conclusion to a surprising prequel trilogy that we never knew we needed.
The pacing is a tad too slow. The girl is replaceable. And there isn’t a lot action scenes involving Caeser. But the action is wonderful to watch. Caeser’s character arc is great. And Woody Harrelson and Andy Serkis are tremendous on screen together. Plus, give Andy a fucking Oscar. Thank you.
Each movie is done with a lot of care and focus to detail. Even though this is the weakest link in the series, for me, it’s still a good send off to the series as a whole.
As usual, thanks for reading!