Caesar’s journey from a tiny, adorable chimp to a fearless leader began with 2011’s Rise, and continued with Dawn in 2013, which showed mankind’s desperate struggle to survive in a planet rapidly being overtaken by apes. Matt Reeves’ latest instalment in the science fiction franchise that no longer feels sci-fi, is War for the Planet of the Apes. Strap yourself in, to witness one of the best endings to a trilogy in recent memory.
In War, we follow Caesar and his clan of apes into the forest, in an attempt at peaceful coexistence with humans. Quickly after the movie begins, tragedy befalls the apes as a battalion of ape-hating soldiers led by a man who calls himself The Colonel, sneak into their hideout. What follows is a story of such thematic depth and visual beauty, that it will have your jaws hanging by the time you walk out of the theatre. The word “War” might bring to mind extravagant battle sequences and slow motion explosions, but don’t go expecting an action fest. It’s a war movie, more in the vein of Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.
Andy Serkis provides yet another masterful performance as Caesar, with some truly incredible motion capture performance, along with an equally strong cast of apes, including Steve Zahn as Bad ape, who brought unexpected humour into the film and Karin Konoval as Maurice, the wise and gentle orang-utan and Caesar’s trusted confidant. Woody Harrelson gives a good performance as The Colonel, who’s motivations are surprisingly believable. Lower priority is given to human characters but you won’t be complaining, because lets face it, we’re rooting for the apes.
From the technical perspective, the CGI in this film is phenomenal. We have finally reached the point where differentiating a CGI ape to a real one is impossible. Michael Giacchino, who also did the soundtrack for the last two films, has done his best work yet, with music that is sure to hit hard. All in all, this is a masterpiece of filmmaking, and a stellar example of what a film looks like, when all the parts in the machine are fine-tuned to perfection.
Director: Matt Reeves
Rating : 5/5