The events of this movie take place a little while after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Battles continue with the humans, despite the fact that the Apes only wish to live in peace, they want no part in this war.
The Apes are still suffering the consequences of Koba’s actions from the last movie, and to see how it still haunts the Apes made me appreciate Dawn even more, my favorite of the trilogy.
Despite it not being my favorite of the trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes is still a damn good movie.
Andy Serkis owns the role of Ceaser yet again, and I believe that this role is just as iconic as Gollum was for him.
Serkis isn’t the only one who gives a good performance, all of the Apes do. Most of them don’t talk, however the character depth and personalities they are able to show in Apes is just astonishing. These Apes are better written characters than most human characters in Hollywood these days.
Woody Harrelson is the only human character that was focused on, and he is great for what he is in. He doesn’t have an overwhelming amount of screen time and he is technically a villian but when you find out why he is doing what he’s doing as an audience member, it is completely reasonable. If I put myself in his shoes, I might find myself doing the same thing. His character had a lot of depth and was a really compelling part of the movie.
There was a character in this movie called Bad Ape. He could have been annoying as hell but he was actually quite funny and gave the movie a few much needed comic-relief moments.
I say much needed because this movie is really heavy at parts. It’s really dark and grim and tugs at your heart strings more than a few times.
No movie is without flaws, and this is no exception. My biggest flaw involves spoilers so I wont go into details. My only other complaints is the 2nd act feels a little dragged out. Sometimes certain scenes feel strung together and could have been a little more cohesive.
I really liked the ending, it was a perfect conclusion to what this story has been building towards.
This is a solid conclusion to an excellent trilogy and you should definitely check it out, especially if you are a fan of the first two films.
Final Verdict: 8/10