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Hollywood Movie War For The Planet Of The Apes 2017 Best Reviews

Hollywood Movie War For The Planet Of The Apes 2017 Best Reviews


“We are not savages. Apes fight only to survive.”

“War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017):

I just want to talk about it . . .
I just want to talk about it . . .
I just want to talk about it . . .
I just want to talk about it . . .

. . . all day.

***

OK, I don’t like giving into the Hype Machine anymore that I want to be a cog that helps it run, so I am going to attempt this review as straight-forward, straight-faced, and honest as possible. Believe me, I was no more than a few steps out of the theater when I started trumpeting on social media for the Academy to “give Andy Serkis the damn Oscar already” (and they should), and I wanted so much to quickly start mashing my keyboard to swiftly continue spreading the word that “War” is the best movie of the summer and possibly of the year unless 2017 has some really good contenders waiting at the finish line. I’m not entirely ruling out that possibility, but seeing as the year is half-gone and has been mainly underwhelming, I am equally not willing to hold supremely high hopes just yet.

Admittedly, I got into this new “Apes” series a little late. I cannot remember all the details exactly, but for some reason back in 2011 when “Rise” was released, I was particularly disenchanted with the whole remake spectrum, and when I saw the teaser poster up at the theater one day, I’m fairly certain I mumbled something under my breath, and I am paraphrasing, “Another one? You’ve got to be f*cking kidding me.” Even after the significant buzz it generated both before and after its theatrical run, and holding a recognizable talent in Andy Serkis, I could not force myself to care at the time. Serkis had already done Gollum and King Kong, what sort of special trait could he bring to the table here? Come to the end of 2013 when I was a little less of an ass and couldn’t help but think the teasers for “Dawn” looked pretty awesome, I decided to buy “Rise” to give it a chance, and needless to say, I was floored. Between the amazing CGI, a killer performance by Serkis playing an outstanding character in Caesar, and gorillas smashing helicopters, I deserved to be called an idiot for giving “Rise” the cold shoulder.

Needless to say, my expectations for “Dawn” went through the roof after that, and not only did “Dawn” meet and exceed them, but it also was my #1 film from 2014. Now, following another three years of waiting, it is finally time to see if this series can do what so many others fail to do by making a second sequel that successfully carries the torch to the conclusion with as much strength and solidarity as the films that preceded it.


“War for the Planet of the Apes” begins a few years after the events of “Dawn” when a rogue ape named Koba betrayed Caesar by beginning to slaughter a few of his own kind in order to fulfill his own agenda of exterminating all humans since he views them all as evil. After attacking a human colony, word gets sent to a military base up north that the apes are hostile enemies and now Caesar has to move his ape family around to avoid conflict with human soldiers. Caesar, by this time at the beginning of “War”, is visibly exhausted. He wants nothing to do with this battle with humans, he’s sick of seeing his fellow apes die for Koba’s sins, and he even lets some captured soldiers go with the message to their leader, known only as The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), to please leave the apes alone so both factions can co-exist. The Colonel, opting not to take Caesar’s peace treaty, learns of the apes’ new hiding place and descends upon them in a sneak attack that results in the murder of some apes very near and dear to Caesar, and now you have Caesar’s revenge quest to find The Colonel with his friends Maurice and Rocket in tow. Along the way, the troop comes across a young mute girl named Nova (Amiah Miller), and a chimpanzee named Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) from outside of Caesar’s family that both become critical contributors to the journey in their own right.


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To say anything more would go into spoiler territory; though, if anything, do take away the fact that while there are some battle scenes here and there, “War” is absolutely drama-heavy, and the conflicts are more in the morality territory than they are in the physical combat side. What has made the “Apes” trilogy so brilliant is how it consistently makes the audience think that it should be choosing sides, and yet the narrative adds something to a character or a situation or both that makes it nearly impossible to do so. Many times in the first few films, Caesar had to choose between what was clearly morally correct and what wasn’t but was also unavoidable. Additionally, in “Dawn”, Koba SHOULD have been the obvious villain, although learning of what he suffered under human hands, one could not blame him for being so angry and hateful. In both of those respects, “War” isn’t much different; Caesar knows leaving his family to hunt down the Colonel is a big risk that could make them vulnerable but he does it anyway because he feels he must, and then you learn more about why the Colonel is the way he is and you cannot help but think “Damn it, I would possibly do the same thing he’s doing.” Long story short, the “Apes” movies do not pretend that the world functions in black and white, and that’s what helps it become so powerful.

As I alluded to earlier, Serkis is nothing short of a revelation in this film. Gorgeous CGI aside, it is still so apparent that beneath the thin mask of technology, Serkis is connecting with the viewer in everything Caesar does, says, feels, the way that he walks, the pain in his eyes, etc. The truth of the matter is that Serkis truly is one-of-a-kind, and while I don’t know if he will receive recognition for it or not in the long run, it is nonetheless something truly special when his talents are on display. Don’t get me wrong, his multiple dabbles into Gollum have been impressive, no doubt about it; however, I would gladly argue that Caesar is his crowning achievement at the moment.

That being said, there wasn’t a bad performance across the entire spectrum of “War”. Woody Harrelson as the unsympathetic yet deeply tortured Colonel only further proves how underrated of an actor he has grown to be; Steve Zahn was a perfect casting choice for Bad Ape, a character whom might come off for some as an out-of-place comedy relief of sorts, though that may have been precisely the point as “War” does require breaks in its grim tension; and newcomer Amiah Miller, for having no speaking parts whatsoever, was rather impressive as a child actor working among CGI apes being only able to use body language and limited sign language. She also forms a rather adorable bond, for a lack of a better term, with Maurice that is bound to pluck your heartstrings more than once.

If there is one area I’m still unsettled on with “War”, it’s the resolution and ending. Obviously, I won’t say what the ending was, and I understood at the time the conclusion decisions that were made, yet I’m not fully convinced that I liked how said conclusions played out. The best way I can really think to describe it is that it was abrupt in comparison to the events in “War” and the previous two installments leading up to it, and perhaps a few more spared minutes to accentuate everything that was just on display in the pretty awesome climax would have felt a little more appropriate.

With that small complaint out of the way, I will conclude by saying that “War for the Planet of the Apes” is a dramatic and technological near-masterpiece that concludes, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best, the trilogy in the modern cinematic era. Dan Reeves and Andy Serkis are a dream team that I am not sure anyone else could have pulled off quite as a staggeringly great set of films as these, and if the “Planet of the Apes” trademark came to end here in 2017, I could scarcely imagine any future endeavors topping this one. Wholeheartedly recommended, and I have no doubt I will be visiting this one again in January for my Top 10 List.

“War for the Planet of the Apes”: 9.5/10
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