War For the Planet of the Apes (2017)

“All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose… it will be a Planet of Apes.” – The Colonel

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After the events of the previous film, Ceasar and the apes try to keep away from the humans and live peacefully amongst themselves, but the humans still try to find a way to destroy them no matter where they go.

My Take on it – This was one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer and since I usually take my time getting around to seeing the blockbusters (Star Wars not included), it took me some time til I saw this film.

After having seen the progression set forth in the previous two films in this series, I really liked what they did here by taking things once again a step further in trying to show the evolution of this new species on Earth.

They do an uncanny job of giving us such an engrossing story by mostly visual techniques since the dialogue is quite scarce.

The way that some of the characters can talk, some use sign language and others just grunt (humans and apes alike) makes this film so fascinating to watch because it can be seen that many of the characters and their species evolve in certain ways as things move along.

The special effects are what truly make this film so amazing because when watching this film, the apes seem so real and their interactions between their own species and with the humans appears to look so real the entire time.

Andy Sirkis, who has become the master of motion capture acting is once again wonderful here and gives a very realistic and emotional portrayal of Ceasar.

I must admit tho, that although he is superb here, I wouldn’t give him a best actor Oscar nomination for this role, but rather an honorary Oscar for his overall MC work over the past (nearly) two decades.

Steve Zahn is a welcome addition to the cast and easily steals every scene that his character is in.  I really enjoyed his character and the way that he portrayed him.

They do a great job taking the story in an interesting and fascinating direction which helps give us a much clearer understanding of the human and ape positions on the ideas presented.

They have left the door open for so much more and I can’t wait to see where they will take us from this point onward!

Bottom Line – Great addition to this series because it is able to tell such an engrossing story without needing as much dialogue. The special effects are superb and it seems as if we are truly watching apes interacting with their own kind and with humans. Sirkis once again shows how great of an actor he can be by giving another exceptional performance using motion capture. Besides Sirkis, the work of Zahn really stands out among the rest and I loved the way his character was portrayed. The story is taken into a very interesting and fascinating direction and allows us to get a much better understanding of the positions of both the humans and the apes. I’m really excited to see where they plan to take these ideas in any future installments. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before beginning work on the project, Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback decided to get inspiration by watching “a million movies,” according to Reeves. Among the films they asked to see at the Fox screening room were: westerns, war movies, Biblical epics, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and all of the previous “Planet of the Apes” films. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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