War for the Planet of the Apes(2017)
For freedom. For family. For the planet.
Following Rise and Dawn, this third film in the modern Planet of the Apes trilogy sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his kind at war with an army of humans - led by a ruthless man known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Matt Reeves, director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, returns to the helm as does screenwriter Mark Bomback.
Coming Soon On Demand, DVD/Blu-Ray08th November 2017
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
Forget your usual blockbuster fare like cities getting flattened or aliens punching each other, the greatest special effect in War for the Planet of the Apes is a close-up of a chimp’s face. The collaboration between Andy Serkis and the digital artists that create Caesar is still miraculous, and watching him silently grapple with a decision is just as compelling as any super-powered slug-fest, if not more so.... More
This third instalment certainly holds itself like a war film, starting with a Dirty Dozen-style apes-on-a-mission story before turning into something more like The Great Escape. As per the genre, the tone is grave, even more so than last time.
It also features the first real bad guy in these films. Woody Harrelson’s Colonel is thoroughly unhinged but, as per this thoughtful franchise, he’s still given plenty of nuance. Comic relief is provided by another new character, an estranged Zoo chimp called Bad Ape. Played by Steve Zahn, he’s instantly adorable, then increasingly annoying.
The movie is blunt with its politics - enslaved apes are whipped as The Star Spangled Banner plays, and the finale sees an American flag literally go up in flames. Meanwhile War for the Planet of the Apes keeps upending expectations, ending with a series of rug-pulls and a pleasant whiff of subversion. It’s a fantastic finish to a brainy trilogy that favours moral dilemmas over explosions, but finds room for a few of those too.Hide
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The titular war is between Caesar’s apes and a human army, led by “The Colonel”... More (Woody Harrelson at his sociopathic best, channelling Brando’s Kurtz from Apocalypse Now.)
Beautifully lensed in the manner of a traditional gritty war epic (think Hacksaw Ridge, only with more monkeys), the only irritant is Steve Zahn’s character, Bad Ape. A former zoo inmate, he’s clearly intended as comic relief, but often feels jarringly out of place. Still, Bad Ape doesn’t reach anything like Jar-Jar Binks levels of annoying, so it’s a minor gripe.
Just like the first movie in the trilogy, War respectfully tips its hat to the original Planet of the Apes movies in intelligent and often surprising ways, working as race metaphor, social commentary, political allegory and a damn fine genre movie of the epic war variety.
An excellent end to the trilogy, over which I’m only too happy to go apeshit.Hide
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