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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

                                          

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    The Perfect End to a Stunning Trilogy


War For the Planet of the Apes caps off the story of Caesar and his loyal ape followers as he attempts to lead them to salvation, with only the now-mere humans in the way. 

The motion capture performance in this film is, as expected, spell- binding, and the work of Andy Serkis (among many other people) simply must be recognised at the Academy Awards. The sheer attention to detail is like nothing you've seen before, and one truly feels immersed in this decaying world of conflict between two species. The special effects, however, are neatly accompanied by a compelling narrative that really put Caesar's morals to the test - digging deep into his values, beliefs and attitudes. The script provides a story that nods frequently into the set up of "Planet of the Apes" (1968) as well as the previous two movies. But it also takes the characters on a new journey. This journey explores new and harsh locations that simply add to the glorious presence of the film. It feels like every frame is crafted to perfection and certainly looks like it has taken more than three years to make.

There are new human characters as well, much like the last film in the series. We are introduced to the Colonel - perhaps the most villainous and evil of all the human characters we've seen in the franchise. He represents all that is left of humanity, and the incredible performance of Woody Harrelson effectively makes you question how humans would really respond in such a crisis. There are, of course, many reflections of today's society in this film (including a huge wall). 

I would like to have seen, perhaps, a small cameo from James Franco or Jason Clarke, however. Unfortunately, there is none. I have to admit that, despite it have being number one on my wish list for this film, it would have arguably spoilt the desolate, unforgiving tone of the movie. Although, if done right, it would have been nice to have briefly seen some of the great characters from the previous prequels.




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Furthermore, the much talked about score by Michael Giacchino was slightly underwhelming, only in the sense that it was essentially the same as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (which I guess isn't such a bad thing). Having said that, it is yet another reminder of how these films make up a trilogy that is connected, perhaps not through human characters, but by the apes and other factors (such as the music) 

The film is also more emotionally driven than I expected. I would advise people not to go into this picture expecting a full blown war movie with explosions, gun fights, blood and violence. Where there is some of this, a lot of the film centres around the apes and in particular, Caesar's inner emotional conflict. 

All-in-all, "War for the Planet of the Apes" is about as close to perfect as it can get in the modern day of movies. The somewhat un- original score and the lack of James Franco's are pretty much the most far-fetched criticisms anyone can make a film. This is an astonishing experience and a formidable trilogy that, in my opinion, will go down as one of the greatest in history.


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