“War for the Planet of the Apes”-Review:

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his inner demons. He begins a quest on his own to extract revenge. 

War for the Planet of the Apes is one of the years best films to date. Director Matt Reeves is at the helm again and does a great job. This film is so many things. It’s a dark family drama, a war film, and a revenge story. Reeves melds all these genres together nicely, while keeping the core tight. The action sequences are gorgeous. Orange fire set against the white of the snow riddled mountains made for a ton of cool shots. Reeves raises the dramatic tension and physical tension, leading to an epic climax. 

Andy Serkis as Caesar is an all time performance. He’s iconic as this character. I think it’s about time he gets acknowledged for his work in these three films. Everything he conveys through his facial expressions makes you feel the way he feels. 

The addition of Steve Zahn as Bad Ape works very well. You’d think with the dark tone of the films that his character wouldn’t work. Bad Ape really works well with the tone of the film. It’s comic relief, but it’s not forced like in other cases. 
Woody Harrelson as The Colonel was menacing. When Caesar and The Colonel are face to face, you’re dying for Caesar to crush him. That’s a testament to a great villain. 

If this is the last Apes film, than hats off to Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves. This truly is one of the greatest trilogies ever. Serkis delivers the best motion capture work of all time. Above all else these films have heart. Watching the end scene play out is some of the best cinema you’ll see all year. 


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