TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #273: War For The Planet Of The Apes




Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.


This Planet Of The Apes reboot series has been one of the most stagnant and impressive franchises of recent memory, always keeping up surprised with how great they are and how they progress with every film. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was one of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2011 summer season, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was not only one of 2014’s best movies but it was one of the best sequels I’ve ever seen and this one is not only one of the best movies of the summer, it’s even better than the last movie. They end this trilogy on such a strong high note that this is one of the greatest trilogies of all time.

This is the proof that there is still potential that can be done with these dormant franchises instead of just giving us the same bullshit we’ve seen done over and over again *cough*Transformers*cough*Cars*cough*PiratesOfTheCaribbean*cough*Alien*cough*DespicableMe*cough*, sorry I had a massive cough there.

But yeah, this trilogy has been phenomenal, getting better and better with every film, taking chances with each new film and telling these amazing and unique stories centering around these characters.

From a visual standpoint, they have taken new grounds and unique ways to make the apes look more realistic than ever before, especially in this movie, you can see how great the motion capture work for the film is as with Caesar, you can definitely see Andy Serkis’ eyes clearer and more effectively to where they feel real and authentic.

And speaking of Caesar, Andy Serkis, my god, if this dude doesn’t get nominated for some kind of Academy Award for this role, then there’s something so wrong with the Oscars voting system because this dude deserves some recognition for god’s sake, I don’t care if he just gets nominated for either Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor or you give him a Special Achievement Oscar but the time is now, it’s time to actually recognize something special with this role because Serkis gives it his all as Caesar in these movies and this is his absolute best.

Woody Harrelson is very good playing the antagonist of the film, he really shows a lot more menace to him in this as this kind of cult leader/religious nutjob/army colonel, he thinks he can break Caesar down and he does his best to do so in the film.

The action scenes in this are breathtaking to watch as well as the camera work by Michael Seresin, the opening scene where Caesar makes his first appearance and you see the apes looking at the camera, you get the feeling like you’re on some theme park ride like the King Kong ride they have now at Universal Studios where things are happening around you, it’s impressive filmmaking and you can see that the time and the effort was put into the film.

Not just in the visual aspects but the script as well, Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback have done an outstanding job of creating an emotionally intense storyline with these characters and breathing new life into the Planet Of The Apes franchise that a lot of the later movies after the 60s original as well as Tim Burton’s botched remake failed to bring in.

There are some nitpicks I do have with the movie, the opening dialogue that shows up on screen, I didn’t like the fact that the hate to CAPTIALIZE and bold the previous movies’ names in there. I just thought it was kind of needless, like okay, we know one movie was called RISE of the Planet Of The Apes and the other was DAWN of the Planet of The Apes and this one was WAR of the Planet Of The Apes, it just seemed kind of pointless.

Also, I thought there were too many moments where the human characters were a little too stupid and/or unaware of their surroundings. Like, for example, there’s a scene where Nova, played very well by Amiah Miller, manages to sneak into the base where Caesar and the rest of the apes are captured and manages to give Caesar food and water. She’s in there for a good five minutes and yet nobody is able to know she’s there? Yet, they were able to trap Caesar earlier in the movie so easily. You try to figure that one out.

There’s also the escape scene, like something out of 101 Dalmatians, where the apes are climbing over a wire in the middle of the night and yet none of the guards can see them? Maybe, there’s a reason why Woody Harrelson is so menacing because the rest of his men apparently suck at their jobs.

Again, just some nitpicks I had, this is a spectacularly made movie.

War For The Planet Of The Apes completes an amazing trilogy of films that just came out of nowhere but has more heart, more humor, more action, more intensity, and more excellency to it than any other trilogy out there. This movie is not only one of the best movies of the year but it’s also an end to one of the greatest trilogies of all time.

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