Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are two of the best science fiction movies of the past few years. Both of them have enduring characters, ape and human alike, being put through the ringer during the grueling fall of mankind at the hands of the Simian Flue. I admit that I have been a bit nervous for the release of War for the Planet of the Apes since it would have been very easy for it to end this trilogy on a low note. But fear not movie goers as we get another great entry into this series that will likely leave a lasting impact on you long after getting out of the theater. Just be patient since there isn’t a ton of action to help War for the Planet of the Apes move faster during the slower moments of the film.
Andy Serkis and crew bring their A-game to this final banana party as they are put up against a terrifying Colonel attempting save humanity by any means necessary. Woody Harrleson, the previously mentioned Colonel, stands out with this riveting and layered performance that you don’t see in many blockbusters. Though you cheer for the perfectly-acted apes, what you learn about the main villain makes you feel uneasy after a while. Even if you hate everything he does, you understand why he commits such heinous acts of war. You’ll be up late at night pondering whether or not he was right to do what he did. And when you finally get past that, other questions will emerge. Is revenge worth it? Have the apes done anything wrong? How many more movies will we get until a remake of the original Planet of the Apes comes around? Truly, your mind will be boggled.
My only complaint about War for the Planet of the Apes was that there wasn’t a ton of action in the middle (and some of the final) act. This made it drag a bit despite being expertly shot, acted and written. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the fact that we have a more intellectual summer blockbuster that gives movie goers something to think about when going home. I just think that we could have gotten a little bit more flash in the pan. Far be it from me to spoil the movie, all I will say is that there are some key scenes that could have been expanded upon with action in a manner that would have kept the integrity of the moment. Not much more would have to be added, just something small to satiate the audience. Even with that said, I still highly recommend this spectacular final piece of a equally spectacular trilogy.
Without bringing as much attention to it compared to other massive franchises, Hollywood has granted us a near perfect movie trilogy. There’s drama, action, suspense and so much more wrapped up in these three films about hyper intelligent apes. War for the Planet of the Apes is worth you time and money, no question about it. Please support it so that we can get a new entry that is as good, if not better, than what has been presented already. So what did you think? Love it? Hate it? Start commenting and get a conversation going. I’ve been Superguy, and remember that ape not kill ape. Maybe maim and torture, but never kill.