Friday, July 14, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes Review: Latest 'Apes' Film is A Rough But Fitting Conclusion
War for the Planet of the Apes continues the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow apes. After the events of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar finds himself in a constant struggle with the humans as the war rages on between the two species. As Caesar seeks to lead his apes to new home the group is attacked by a man named known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his soldiers. Seeking revenge, Caesar travels with a small group of apes to find the Colonel, but what the group finds is the Colonel's deranged plan and a revelation that shakes the foundation of the planet.
When it comes storytelling Planet of the Apes, to me, has always relied on simplicity. Yet that changed when I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The 2014 film took the ideas of the franchise and gave them a sense of complexity. The film's plot was so well executed that a sequel would have quite a task ahead of it in order to match its predecessor, and that was precisely what happened with War For The Planet of the Apes. The story to War had a great deal to offer such as strong themes and a captivating narrative. Yet there was one thing that was holding the plot back and that was its pacing. Although the movie's quick narrative was engaging it also prevented the plot from exploring as well as expanding upon pivotal aspects. While it was a good call back to feature most of the story in one place, Caesar time in the soldiers' base brought the plot to a halt as it made made the movie's development to feel anticlimactic. Still even with this dilemma, there was still enough to the plot to make it a strong and fitting conclusion to the rebooted series.
War for the Planet of the Apes is certainly a solid blockbuster, but I cannot say that the film is the strongest of its kind. What holds the film back is its execution in the likes of story and characters as both leave much to be desired. Yet despite its faults the film more than makes up for them thanks to its captivating narrative, fantastic lead and stellar sense of movie magic. Although this installment does not exceed it predecessor War for the Planet of the Apes manages to be an exciting and fitting movie to conclude this chapter in the franchise.