REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes is an Outstanding Achievement in Film

20th Century Fox


We all hope that the third film in a trilogy is an epic and wonderful end to whatever trilogy it is. War for the Planet of the Apes is exactly that. It’s incredibly epic and wonderful in every way. It packs one heck of an emotional punch from beginning to end. You will laugh, cry, feel angry, satisfied and sad. You will feel feelings that you didn’t know you could feel. You will walk out of the theater in complete awe.

This is a spoiler free review. It’s pretty straight forward! I won’t put anything too revealing so that you can all go and watch it and experience it yourselves. 

War for the Planet of the Apes pretty much picks up how Dawn of the Planet of the Apes leaves us. Caesar and all the apes are trying to live their lives amongst a war with humans, while the army of humans, led by one heck of horrible Colonel, are hot on their trail and trying to kill them. Rage and anger, fear and sadness take over as Caesar and all the apes try to survive this war and battle with their own emotional struggles.

The driving force of this film is emotion. We are taken on a constant ride of emotions throughout the entirety of the film. Andy Serkis, once again, delivers a powerful motion capture performance as Caesar. It would be great if he’d finally get an Oscar nomination for this. What he’s achieved with Caesar is remarkable. He’s just so remarkable in general. And the entire cast also delivers powerful motion capture performances as all of the apes just like in the previous films. A new ape we meet, Bad Ape, played by Steve Zahn is so awesome. You will instantly love Bad Ape. Newcomer Amiah Miller, who plays Nova, delivers an emotional performance with her facial expressions and subtle yet powerful movements. She is going to be a force to be reckoned with in this industry. Woody Harrelson as the Colonel was spot on casting. You’ll instantly hate him and you will also feel sorry for him. I must also mention that Karin Konoval’s, Maurice, is sheer brilliance as usual. The best bestfriend ever. 

The direction in this film is outstanding. The cinematography is beautiful. There are scenes that are really intense and heartbreaking. Scenes that will be too rough for really young kids, so parents you have been warned! Get yourselves a box of kleenex and hug your loved ones tightly. There are several scenes that will leave you a little breathless and nervous. There are scenes that’ll also make you completely sob. APES…TOGETHER…STRONG! 

I, personally, have loved every Planet of the Apes film from past to present. I love this story. I love apes. I love seeing how it has gone from makeup and prosthetics to motion capture. I love it all. Have you loved the Planet of the Apes films? Which ones are your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

Photo: 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

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Karin Abcarians
Karin is currently attending California State University Northridge and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She loves the Lakers and Packers. She has a superhero alter ego named BatKarin. She LOVES Rick Grimes.