Ever since I watched a gorilla throw barrels at Mario as he tried to climb up neon pink platforms to save a damsel in distress, I KNEW that apes weren’t anything to play with. War for the Planet of the Apes was everything that I’d hoped it be and I’m sure that it will not disappoint the rest of you. When it comes to reboots of movie franchises, you can never be super confident that the newer films will measure up to the originals, but this run of The Planet of the Apes series has improved with each installment. The key to making good sequels has to be keeping familiar characters and settings fresh. One too many times have we watched Hollywood milk an idea to death by stretching out a franchise to the point of it being cheapened real estate. Thankfully, War for the Planet of the Apes got the job done.
What I liked most about the film is that they doesn’t the audience any time to breathe; Everything happened in quick succession. As soon it starts, there’s action and we are reintroduced to Caesar and his group of fellow apes who can’t seem to catch a break. I refuse to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet but I’ll say this much: War for The Planet of the Apes is as much about a rebellion as it is about casualties. This isn’t like the previous two installments of the series where one can lay comfortable in the arms of predictability because with this flick, you never know what’s coming. Woody Harrelson plays the psychotic antagonist and for a character to be as abhorrent as he is, I was able to find a reason to not hate him completely. If I had a percentage rate for how much I disliked him it would probably be 95.676% but who’s counting.
War For The Planet of the Apes is dark. Caesar’s world as he knows it is under duress; He’s not only responsible for his wife and sons but the entire ape community. All that he wants is peace but that seems more like wishful thinking than a possible reality. The development of Caesar as a character has gained layers since 2011’s Rise of The Plant of the Apes. In the first film, he’s given a life that he didn’t ask for and since then he’s constantly tried to make sense of it all while being treat like Public Enemy No. 1. Dope flick!!!