War For The Planet Of The Apes is the third and final movie in the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy which started with 2011 Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. I’m not going to lie I’m a huge fan of the rebooted apes movies and there’s good reason for that. Each movie is brilliantly written, directed, and acted, with each new installment improving upon the last. As always no movie is without its flaws so let’s get into it.
War For The Planet Of The Apes takes place 5 years (I think it’s 5 they never state exactly) after Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes, and follows Caesar (once brilliantly portrayed by Andy Serkis) who’s been forced into a deadly war with a ruthless Colonel (played by Woody Harrelson). After losing almost everything Caesar sets out on a rage fueled revenge quest against the Colonel, which will determine the fate of both humans and apes.
Andy Serkis once again reprises his role as Caesar the leader of the apes. Serkis has given us some incredible performances throughout the years most notably Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, King Kong in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake, and Nikola Tesla’s assistant Alley in The Prestige. This is by far one of the most powerful performances he’s ever given and is by far one of the best performances of 2017 thus far. If he doesn’t deserve an Oscar for this then I don’t know what qualifies him. Woody Harrelson as usual excellent giving us a chilling but sympathetic villain. Karin Konoval reprises her role as Caesar’s trusted friend Maurice the orangutan and is as endearing as always. New to the series is Steve Zahn who portrays a comedic relief character called Bad Ape. I thought Fox took a huge risk on Zahn seeing as comedic relief characters can end up killing a movie (example A Jake Johnson in The Mummy) but the risk ended up paying off. Bad Ape ended being one of the best aspects of the movie diffusing the tension at just the right time without killing the momentum of the movie.
Now before I start praising this movie to high hell let’s get the bad out of the way.One of the only problems I can see someone having with this movie, Though to be honest I feel like I’m nitpicking at this point. The only thing I can see some people having a problem with is how slow the pace can get towards the middle, though to be honest i though the slower pace was needed. But either way that’s the only flaw I can really see with this.
Now for the good. First off the special effect are mind-boggling. They looked so real as in they put the CGI misguided mess that was last years Disney’s Jungle Book to shame. There are so many shots of the apes that honestly would be hard to tell apart from a real ape.Next up is the soundtrack which is beautifully composed. I can’t name a scene where the music didn’t match up perfectly with what was going on. I’ve honestly been listening to it a lot off of YouTube it’s that good.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is one of those incredibly rare movies where I couldn’t find a damn thing wrong with it. The script is incredibly well written, the directing is amazing, the acting is excellent, the special effects are mind-blowing, and the score is a classic waiting to happen. I know this is used a lot but it’s up there with classic series like Bourne and Lord Of The Rings.
I rate War For The Planet Of The Apes an A+ or 10/10