War for the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves who also made the last one and this one stars Andy Serkis once again as Caesar. We’ve seen the Apes rise to take over humankind and we’ve seen a dawn of a new era in which the Apes are ruling over the earth and now we are going to see a war between the last remaining humans and the vastly intelligent Apes.
War for the Planet of the Apes is a masterpiece. I’ve thought a lot about this and I honestly can’t find a scene a moment a line of dialogue even that feels out of place. There’s one sequence which I found not right, between Caesar and Woody Harrelson’s character where they discuss the past and certain things that have happened to those characters and beyond that this is a brutal and uncompromising movie.
I loved every minute of this movie it’s jaw-dropping the motion capture work, almost every frame just had me gripped to my seat just because I was looking at something that I knew was created by a team of incredible professionals who have an insane amount of talent.
War for the Planet of the Apes is a best motion caption work I have ever seen. Andy Serkis once again as usual is brilliant as Caesar. Woody Harrelson runs a faction of men who are enslaving some Apes and sort of a death camp very Holocaust like scenario. For the most part we are exclusively following Caesar on a trail of revenge.
This movie connects back perfectly to the finale and if you re-watch all three of them in a row you’re going to see a huge story that really works as a whole. It’s not just a great film it’s a great addition to the other two when you watch Rise and Dawn and then war all in a row.
Matt Reeves directed this film so beautifully, the cinematography, the editing it’s all seamless. Michael Giacchino has made one of his best scores and the music plays a large part in this movie. There are a lot of sequences of silence where Caesar will be like signing to another ape and than the ape will be signing back and all you really have is their performances the timing of the shots and that music, and there are also very important moments that set up Caesars path of revenge told entirely silent with just music and performance.
When I went into this movie I was expecting one giant action scene and you get that but not in the way you might think. The film sets up certain beats in the first act and your brain starts to work as someone who watches a lot of movies and you think I know exactly where this is going to go, I’ve got it all figured out in my head and the film doesn’t do that. It doesn’t give its characters the easy way out it makes them have hard choices and difficult decisions.
The progression of Cesar’s character and going from this small chimpanzee in the first film to a hardened leader and to now someone who’s struggling with the darker side of himself is completely riveting from beginning to end. There’s a great storyline with a young girl that I thought was really sweet. Steve Zahn as bad ape that’s where the film could have gone wrong because he’s kind of a comedic relief character in a very dark film, but he was outstanding.