Chris’ Movie Review: Annabelle: Creation

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Annabelle: Creation

Rating: 5/10

Recommendation: Redbox It

Annabelle: Creation stars Stephanie Sigman (Sister Charlotte), Talitha Bateman (Janice), Lulu Wilson (Linda), Philippa Coulthard (Nancy), Anthony LaPagila (Samuel Mullins), and Miranda Otto (Esther Mullins).

Plot Summary

Two parents, lose their daughter in a car accident. In the middle of their grieving, they invite an entity to live in their house who they think is their daughter. Soon, the entity grows out of control and they lock it up in a room.

12 years later, the couple lets some orphanage kids live with them and one of the kids discovers the doll. Now the entity is loose again and the family needs to find a way to stop it.

Review

Annabelle: Creation is a movie that’s apart of an interesting franchise. The Conjuring 1 and 2 are both successes and they both provide great scares and characters. Annabelle, on the other hand, is living off of the Conjuring franchise and maybe it’s time for it to die off.

For starters, the child acting is really solid. Talitha and Lulu really steal the show from everyone as they have a special bond throughout the film. Talitha has, possibly, the most difficult role due to her character overcoming polio. Her left leg is virtually inoperable throughout the course of the movie. Lulu, on the other hand, has a great range of emotion. From fear, to happiness, to concern, she definitley emtoes well. These two, much like Tom Taylor (The Dark Tower), have promising futures ahead of them. But you didn’t come here for to read all about acting. You want to know how well this film scares you and, well, it’s hit and miss.

A great horror movie needs three things. Great acting, good scares, and likable characters. The plot can be mediocre but you need to make sure that the audience is more focused on the other three aspects as mentioned. Now, did this film deliver on the scares? Yes and no.

I’ve brought this up before but I’m sort of a scaredy-cat with horror movies. I’ll watch them but I’ll shield my eyes from time to time. With that being said, Annabelle: Creation didn’t really get me to shy away from the big screen and that’s not a good thing.

A good scare needs to be something that sticks with you for days, months, even years. The first Conjuring has stuck with me since the day it was released. There are moments that still haunt my mind from time to time and give me chills when looking back on those certain scenes. Annabelle: Creation doesn’t really have any of those moments, which is a shame because there are great set ups everywhere.

The location of where everything takes place is out in the country, in a big old farm house. There’s a creepy shed, a well, basement, and so on. Everything but trees really. The film utilizes these places but not very well. A lot of the time you spend in Annabelle’s room and it’s not a very creepy setting. Especially when there are so many other places that could be used to really drive that scare into you.

The Conjuring, first one, uses the whole house and then some. It takes advantage of the trees, basement, long hallways, and so on. The movie uses almost every inch of the house but Annabelle: Creation mainly sticks to two places. Which, is fine, but you’re not using your imagination at that point. And even if this is based on a true story, you can change things to make it benefit you and the audience. You don’t have to play it by the book.

Now, with all that being said, there are some good scares throughout this film. There is some good tension. There are moments where I looked away because of the creepy imagery and sounds but those moments are way too far and in-between. And by the time you get to the third act, you’re just sort of waiting for the scares to be over. You’re not looking forward seeing what comes next. You just sort of want the movie to end.

Lastly, the characters of this film might be the reason I didn’t care as much as well. To be fair, none of them are bad. Linda and Janice are very compelling. They have a bond that you root for and you’re very interested in seeing how things turn out for them. But everyone else…they’re average. They’re not like in the first Conjuring, where you really liked who was screen and you wanted everyone to be safe. The characters in Annabelle are more or less just there and you don’t necessarily care if they die or not. Which is a shame because if they were just as compelling as The Conjuring then Annabelle: Creation would probably be just as good. Unfortunately, this is a major element missing from the film and there’s not much to root for while viewing it.

I could also go over some of the stupid things the girls do or how the demon doesn’t really make any sense but I’ll leave that alone for now.

Overall

Annabelle: Creation is a wanna be Conjuring. They are milking this franchise as much as they can and they need to stop. Yes there are good moments but there isn’t a whole lot to really bring people back for multiple viewings like the Conjuring films do.

The scares are very hit and miss. The characters aren’t the most likable. And the setup is under utilized. But the acting is good. Some of the horror elements are executed well. And the location is awesome to look at.

While this isn’t the worst scary film, it’s just not one that you should run out and see. If anything, go watch the Conjuring movies instead. Because, trust me, they will leave you with chills running down you spine for years to come.

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Chris’ Movie Review: The Dark Tower

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The Dark Tower

Rating: 5/10 (Average)

Recommendation: Skip It

The trailers made this film look campy and it didn’t disappoint in that department. At least it exceeded my expectations…. Even if they were extremely low.

The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Gunslinger/Roland), Matthew McConaughey (Man In Black), and Tom Taylor (Jake).

Plot Summary

Jake keeps having dreams about another world. Everyone thinks he’s just crazy but he stays being persistent.

One day, a couple of beings (from his dreams), show up to take Jake away. He escapes and comes a across a portal to another world. He jumps in and immediately seeks out a man named Roland for help and it’s up to the two of them to take down the Man In Black.

Review

The Dark Tower is almost everything that it advertises as. The trailers came off as cheesy and the movie didn’t do much to jump over that barrier. And, as this year’s summer blockbusters go, this film sort of wet the bed.

For starters, the acting is solid. I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot this year but the acting has been pretty good all around. Idris Elba is great. Matthew relishes in his role as a villain. And Tom Taylor, he was the best part.

Tom Taylor is someone that I’ve never heard of but if he keeps going down the right path, he could become a very recognizable name soon. He plays a ton of emotions throughout this film and he does all of them justice. Especially in the first ten minutes, where he and movie are the strongest.

The first ten minutes are the best portion of this movie by far. The setup for Jake really takes its time developing his home life, how he acts, and how he’s perceived by others. You really get to know Jake through this intro and you get a good grasp about the world he’s about to enter into. But after these initial ten minutes, the movie sort of forgets to develop anything else.

When the film gets away from New York, it just sort of comes to a halt. Yes, things do happen but nothing is really explained. The movie more or less becomes a journey with random stopping points. “Here’s place that resembles an abandoned amusement park. Here are some creatures that attack. Here is a village that has people” and so on. Roland and Jake just visit places to visit them. There’s no reason other than “There’s this one thing here” and that’s it.

Continuing with the previous paragraph, the chemistry between Jake and Roland is lackluster to say the least. You can tell the actors are trying to make something happen but the connection just isn’t there. Never once does it feel like Roland and Jake are truly close. Sure, they know each other but they don’t really know each other. The film doesn’t take time to really let these characters build their friendship on screen. We, the audience, are just supposed to assume they get along off screen. Nothing more, nothing less.

The second act, and most of the third, is flat. Once Jake enters the world, nothing really happens. Yes, they’re on a journey, but nothing significant occurs. The movie just sort of flat lines. There’s a cool little scene here and there but those aren’t enough to keep you interested throughout the runtime of this film. But if there’s one thing this movie did right, it was the last ten minutes.

Maybe this was from pure boredom but the last ten minutes are just campy fun. Action finally happens and you get to see some really cool gun tricks and shots. Yes, the CGI is sub par but that doesn’t matter. At least something is occurring on screen. You can’t be too picky when the rest of movie failed to keep your attention.

Overall

The Dark Tower is a movie that just fails to entertain. Every so often there’s a good scene but it’s quickly overshadowed by another being extremely tedious.

The acting is solid. The first/last ten minutes are the best. And some of the action scenes are pretty cool. But the film drags in the second and third act. The plot seems to missing a ton of stuff. And the character chemistry is severely lacking.

Maybe this movie is worth a rental but with this year’s summer extravaganza with films, this movie just doesn’t have enough to warrant that kind of rating from me.

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Chris’ Movie Review: Detroit

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Detroit

Rating: 9/10 (Great)

Recommendation: Pay The 8

Oh my God summer of 2017. You can stop having so many good movies! Okay, don’t do that but this summer has been fucking awesome. Sure there have been some stinkers but those don’t seem to really exist. Thank you film Gods for this year!

Detroit stars John Boyega (Dismukes), Anthony Mackie (Greene), Will Poulter (Krauss), Algee Smith (Larry), and Jacob Latimore (Fred).

Plot Summary

Detroit, 1967. Riots have broken out and the town is in utter chaos. In the midst of all of the burning buildings and looting, stands two boys, Larry and Fred. Larry wants to be a singer and Fred is going on for the ride.
Larry and Fred stay in a hotel one night and get caught up in a misunderstanding that leads to the police raiding the place.

Now the two boys, and the other people involved are, are caught in the middle of police brutality and scrutiny.

Review

Detroit is a movie that should shock us all, even if we knew what happened. There is a powerful message being sent and it’s not hidden. Racism and corruption stares you right in the face and you have to deal with it or leave.

For starters, the acting is superb. Whenever I watch a movie that depicts racism, I always feel weary for the white actors. They have the toughest task of being racist and making that feel sincere. It’s always cringe worthy to hear the white actors say the “N” word or beat a colored person because the script says too.

I personally want to point out that this is no means of praise to racism but more of a “I can’t even fathom saying those things or doing those things during filming.” And I give these actors all of the respect that they deserve taking on this challenge. I don’t think that’s ever really been mentioned before but I feel it needs to be said.

To continue onwards, the black actors are just as tremendous. A lot of the talent on screen is young and sort of unknown. Other than John Boyega (Force Awakens), I didn’t recognize any of them. But with that being said, Algee Mackie and Jacob Latimore really help solidify the situation at hand by bringing us along for the ride and making us feel the intensity of the situation. These two should be on the “Lookout list” when it comes to future movies.

The first act of this film is the strongest part. That’s usually never the case for a movie but the first 30 minutes really suck you in to it’s environment that is known as Detroit. The rioting, the looting, and the tension between the blacks and the police are done terrifically. It’s sort of a shame that the plot takes a different path after awhile.

As mentioned, you follow Larry and Fred throughout the film. But in the first act, you don’t really get introduced to them till the end of it leading into the second. And this is where the movie sort of comes to a halt.
This needs to be stated but the second and third act are still really good. They’re both executed very well and there is nothing wrong with them. The issue is that the story we get is sort of lackluster.

Okay, this is really tough to talk about because this is all based on a true story. And this story is very important because of the outcome and what it means to the general public. But this is my personal issue. My problem is the movie is called Detroit. While there have been other movies with city names that may have diverged from the town as a whole, there was a lot going for this movie in the first act.

Detroit is one of those cities that’s fascinating. It went from a booming industry to a waste land in what seemed like it was over night. So a story that deals with the tension between the cops and city as whole is a perfect idea for a film. Except, we don’t get that. We get a side plot.

Again, this is really my personal issue. The story that we get is very good and it has great drama but it’s not what I wanted after seeing the first act. You might say “Who cares what you want?!” And you have all the right to say that. But these are my reviews and I’m going to be honest to you about what I saw on screen.

Now, before I get hated on, the second and third act are appalling. Spoiler alert but the cops get away with murder. The more sickening part is that they tried to cover it up. Hell, they didn’t even need to shoot the victims or treat them like they did. They used their power and abused it.

Here’s my bottom line, racism is bullshit. To actually hate another race makes no sense. If you want to make a joke here and there, fine. Do what you need. But to actually despise another race just because they exist is pointless. Maybe we don’t agree with each other’s methods on going about things but we should get together and talk things out instead of just acting on impulse. Because that’s what we’re missing the most, communication.

Overall

Detroit is a movie that gets us talking. It hits you hard with facts and it makes reevaluate yourself.

The hand held cam can be a bit disorienting. The second act slows down a bit. And where the plot went, is my personal issue. But the first act is tremendous. The acting is superb. And the story told is necessary and it’s told brilliantly.

At my showing, there was maybe 10 people. It was an afternoon time slot but I’m hoping that everyone gets out there and sees this movie once. It’s worth the viewing to get your mind thinking.

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Chris’ Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

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Atomic Blonde

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)

Recommendation: Skip It

So every part of Texas that I went to, was inconvenient for trucks. I couldn’t get to the theater at any point. So I apologize for that. Now, on the other hand, I wish I could have just sat this movie out.

Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron (Lorraine), James McAvoy (David), Eddie Marsan (Spyglass), Sofia Boutella (Delphine), and Toby Jones (Gray).

Plot Summary

Lorraine is sent to Berlin, in 1989, to retrieve a list. On it has a bunch of a spies that will expose them and possibly increase the length of the cold war.

She’s in a race to grab the list before the Soviets get it.

Review

Atomic Blonde is a movie that should’ve been sponsored by cigarette companies because there’s smoking…every where. Which, isn’t a bad thing, but when the smoking is more intriguing than your plot, you definitely have a problem.

For starters, this film is all about style.¬†Almost every scene is directed to ooze atmosphere. From the camera angles, to the lighting, to the actors smoking, the movie comes off as an art house project more than your typical summer blockbuster. Which, style has its place. You can make a film that sucks you into it’s environment but you still need a decent plot/characters to keep you interested.

The plot is confusing, or at least it’s really difficult to follow. There are a bunch of spies who want this “List.” Some are trustworthy. Some are liars. And some are just flat out unknown. Now this premise works as a “Spy Thriller” but when the plot muddles around with a bunch of various, useless information, you tend to start to turn your brain off and once you do that, you miss “Key” elements. Or so they make you think that you do.

I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure if any of what’s said/shown really matters. The ending twist comes out of nowhere and it just doesn’t seem to add up. It’s possible that I missed something but the twist seems to be thrown in to catch the audience off guard and to make them think they missed something along the way. It more or less feels like a gimmick than anything.

The acting is dull. Charlize and James put effort into their performances but it’s just comes off like stale bread. Charlize doesn’t provide much other than whispering every other line and James, he’s not on screen enough to really do anything with his character. But credit does need to go to Charlize for the action scenes.

Even though the action makes up very little of the movie, what we do get is pretty solid. Charlize does all of the stunts, unless my eyes decieved me, and she pulls them off nicely. So she gets a lot of props for going out and perfecting these parts of the film but it’s sad that the film doesn’t do her the justice that she deserves and it comes off as more of a waste than anything.

Overall

Atomic Blonde is a movie that tried to mimic the James Bond formula but it didn’t fully grasp what Bond was all about. Bond films are generally a blast from the word “Go.” But Atomic Blonde goes with the slow roller approach and it didn’t pay off.

The style is beautiful. The action scenes are nicely done. And Charlize put in a lot of time to make the stunts work. But the acting is dull. The plot is hard to follow. And the ending just seems to be there for no reason other than to make you think it’s a good film.

It’s a shame that this movie didn’t pull through. The previews made it look pretty solid but, unfortunately, the trailers outshined the actual film once again.

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Chris’ Movie Review: Valerian

Chris’ Movie Review

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)

Recommendation: Redbox It

After seeing Dunkirk, I decided to check this film out because it was raining outside. I think I would’ve been better off just walking back to my truck instead of almost falling asleep half way through.

Valerian stars Dane DeHaan (Valerian) and Cara Delevingne (Laureline).

Plot Summary

Valerian is an government agent that works with Laureline. The two get called to retrieve a creature that can produce multiple of whatever it eats. But then they come across a cover up story that’s been in the works for years.

Review

Valerian is a movie that presents a great looking world but does little to nothing to build upon it. Which is okay. The trailers told me this film was going to be basic anyways.
For starters, the acting is mono. The line delivery is flat. The villain over acts. And the main leads provide little to no chemistry on screen. Which is a shame. Because, in the first 5 minutes, these two had a lot of promise.

Cara and Dane are the leads and they just fall so flat. Starting with Cara, has she ever been good? Normally, I don’t like to call out actors directly but Cara has never came off as a “Promising talent.” She has certain facial expressions that she always uses but they’re never convincing. She always comes off as an actress who’s just playing this role to pay off her car. Which, if you can make a living doing that, fine. But she doesn’t offer any reason for casting directors to give her a call. Now Dane, he’s another story.

Dane has been good. Chronicle is the first movie that comes to mind when I think about him and it’s deserving. In this film, Dane is asked to play a savy ladies’ man. Which sure, he’s trying to broaden his horizons, but this role doesn’t fit him at all. It’s possible the director messed this up for Dane but he’s so stiff that a piece of wood could’ve replaced him and no one would’ve noticed.

Now, as I was saying earlier, the first 5 minutes is literally the best you get from these two. For whatever reason, they are the most compelling in the beginning of the movie and then just fall flat the rest of the way. Which is a shame. If these two played their roles the best that they could, this film could’ve been better off…. Well, maybe a better script would have been nice too.

The dialogue in this movie is so unreadable at times. Cliche lines can work. If you have the right actors and director, sure, this script can be fun. But when the chemistry is lackluster, the cheesy lines come off as more of a chore to listen too, than pleasure. Which, again, is just a shame because this movie does have some really solid elements to it.

The world is fascinating. There is so much to explore and see that you wish you could just get on your laptop and click around to see the different sections that make up the city and planets. There is a ton of potential world building that’s presented to us but we barely get a chance to view a fifth of it. Guess the bantering couple needed more screen time.

The other great aspect is the graphics and set pieces. Sure, a lot of this film is CGI but it’s designed well. There are parts where it’s too cartoon looking but when the effort is put in, it’s seem less to look at and it blends in well with the environment. It’s a shame it just goes to waste though. A lot of good material is basically tossed aside for basic characters and a underwhelming script. Once more, it’s just a shame.

Overall

Valerian is a movie that’s full of eye candy but it consists of no flavor. There are plenty of good ideas and visuals lying around but the actors and director just didn’t seem to care all that much about the project at hand.

The world is beautiful. The CGI is mostly good. And there is a good story/characters hidden somewhere in this film. But the acting is stiff. The script is generic. And the main two leads don’t seem to give it their all to try and make this movie work.

It may sound like I hate this film but I don’t. It’s mainly bland with a touch of sugar added in to make think there’s something good in the mix.

If you want an visually pleasing movie with substance, watch Dunkirk. If you don’t care about plot or characters, Valerian is the way to go.

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Chris’ Movie Review: Dunkirk

Chris’ Movie Review

Dunkirk

Rating: 10/10 (Excellent)

Recommendation: Blu-Ray It

Oh man, this review is late. Normally, I get these out before the next week starts but I had no time to hit a theater till now. That’s trucking though. You can’t always get what you want. But the real question is, was this film worth a 3 mile walk to see?

Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead (Tommy), Tom Glynn-Carney (Peter), Jack Lowden (Collins), Tom Hardy (Farrier), and Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson).

Plot Summary

Thousands upon thousands of troops are cut off from being saved. The German army, along with their Air Force, are closing in fast. The evacuation for the British and French is failing. There seems to be no hope left in sight.

Review

Dunkirk is a movie with no main characters but yet, it’s full of main characters. Every person represented is a valuable asset to the war and the way we live today. It may sound cliche but from the bottom of my, and everyone the appreciates their sacrifice, heart thank you. We wouldn’t be able to do the things we do today without you.

For starters, Dunkirk is a visually stunning looking film. Christopher Nolan is the director and he just knows what he’s doing when it comes to making movies look gorgeous on screen. He takes every shot and places it so that we feel like we’re in the moment. The intensity level is brought up to a 10, when needed, and dropped down for those quiet moments when the soldiers finally have a minute to breathe. As an audience, we feel each and every moment ring out. It’s just brilliant.

The sound of the movie is loud, but very engaging. Theaters should give out optional ear plugs for these screenings because the sound is directed right into your ear and there’s nothing around to dampen it’s ear piercing ring. Now, with that being said, this really works in favor of the film.

The loudness of the movie brings you into the scenes. Yes, it can be over the top, but the high volume let’s you experience the moment as if you’re a solider on the beach. The film emerses you into every scene with it’s visuals and sound and you can’t help but feel nervous/anixous in these moments. A lot of directors may try this technique but I don’t think more than a handfull could pull this off with such conviction and quality.

If I have to nitpick, I’d target the lack of an actual main character. The movie focuses on three different stories, and it has people that you follow, but they barely say a word. And when they do, it’s all about the war. There’s no backstory, development, et certera. Now this can turn some viewers off because you can’t become attached to one particular individual but you’re not supposed too.

The point of the film is to get you to feel the emotion of the men on the beach, boats, and planes as a whole. You’re supposed to relate to their pain and feeling of dread that they’re never going to get out of this horrible situation alive. And if you don’t, that’s perfectly fine. It’s hard to attach yourself to thousands of men’s fears. But open your mind and give it a shot. You may be extremely surprised how emotional you may become during the movie.

The last little nit pick is the three plot points. These stories all intertwine with each other but they’re told at different times and perspectives. As long as you follow along, you should be fine. There’s nothing that’s truly confusing about these plots but you can feel a little lost at first, if you happen to a miss scene transition.

Overall

Dunkirk is a movie that made the person next me say “That was really good.” She was very much engaged and even leaned into the screen to focus her attention even more. The last time I witnessed that level of engagement was last year when I saw The Shallows.

You may have also noticed that I didn’t say a whole bunch about the positives either and, I’ll be honest, there isn’t much too say. This film is an experience. You’re more or less meant to sit and just watch what comes on screen. The movie is a ride and it banks on more of the visuals rather than story and characters.

If you’re into a visual based movie, then this should be right up your alley. If not, then it’s still recommended to see this film at least once but it’ll be understandable if you don’t fully connect with it.

The three story plot can be a little confusing, at first. There isn’t a main character. And the loudness can be a little much at times. But the film looks beautiful. Christopher Nolan creates a gorgeous but haunting atmosphere. And there’s a hidden emotional rollercoaster that comes to light as the movie progresses into it’s final acts.

Dunkirk might be one of those films you may only watch once but it’s worth every penny to see another great war film on screen. (And from I heard, this movie is better suited for IMax. So if you’re near a theater that is showing it on one of those screens, go check it out and let me know how it goes.)

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Chris’ Movie Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes

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).

Plot Summary

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.

Review

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.

Overall

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.

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