War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes rebooted franchise. This film is directed by Matt Reeves written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary.
The movie follows the journey of the apes led by Caesar, and the humans that want these apes killed.
The good, the CG is amazing in this film. The motion capture used on Andy Serkis for Caesar is very impressive. Very pleased that the films in this franchise had the budget for the apes, as opposed to the original franchise where the budget got lower and lower for each film addition.
The film hits all the right emotions, Reeves takes us through a journey. Insights into the apes and the humans are given and they’re both logical and relate-able. Caesar’s struggle to keep his people alive in a world where the other inhabitants want them eradicated is almost prophetic set against today’s state of things. Sure it’s not something everyone can relate to, but we can sure empathize with.
The same can be said for Woody Harrelson’s character. On the outset he’s the bad guy, but his motivations are clear, whether we agree with them or not.
The bad; this is just me, because I really love the original franchise, but everything is CG. I miss the practical makeup and prosthetics. The reason for this feeling is that there are scenes where it’s just the apes, and all of that looks great, but it’s all CG. Don’t get me wrong, it looks good, but how much of that is real and tangible? That’s the feeling I got from the original films, and how movie making used to be.
Overall, it’s a nice way to end the franchise. Matt Reeves does a great job pulling you into the story. War of the Planet of the Apes is one that you could watch on its own. It brings the audience up to speed with where things are and then moves right into where things are going. There’s this sense of a lot of things going on that aren’t spelled out, the audience fills in the blanks, it’s very refreshing and un-like most Fox movies.
Reeves is up for the new Batman movie, if he can do what he did here then we’ll be in good shape and hopefully the other films will take his lead.