Development of characters is very good. Clever mix of broken dialogue and sign language gives a depth to the character interactions. Didn't personally think the storyline was slow; felt that this added interest to the movie. Despite this there are to be expected intense battle scenes and immense cgi. Opening scene was particularly clever. Some scene and character ideas taken from Spartacus film and Star Wars episode 4 Tuscan raider scene imo. Having seen the original 70s time lapsed episodes, this is a great and emotionally charged version that kept me drawn in throughout the film.
This film was a great end to the trilogy. It tied up many loose ends. The only shame in my mind is that although this hinted at how it could lead to the same planet of the apes as the old planet of the apes, and had a nod to this in the first film with the rocket launch it ends hundreds of years too soon. Obviously it isn't made as a prequel but a standalone set of stories, but it does address the 'primitive humans' from planet of the apes and other areas fans of the films and TV series will be aware of.
I enjoyed this film and thought some moments were handled really well, like adding humanity and reason to what some of the humans are doing and why, and the inevitable ending. I would love another trilogy following on from this set in the future long after the events of this trilogy starting with the return of the spaceship.
My wife and I absolutely love this trilogy of films. Watching Caesar develop and grow into a leader through the first two films make to become a little attached to his character. The third installment of these films doesn't disappoint, it delivers on all bases of a great film.
With the production of this movie, the saga of the "Planet of the Apes" would seem to have come to a natural conclusion. (spoiler alert) With so many apes being killed-off in this movie, it is surprising that so many were left to strike out for a new land to inhabit. Thus the somewhat ambivalent "happy-ending" to the film. But that is to get ahead of things. "War for the Planet of the Apes" is a thrilling, climactic chapter to the "Planet of the Apes "saga.The evolution of the apes seems to have come a long way from the situation in the very first production.That was when the apes ruled over a dispersed humanity and where their society was caught in a complex duopoly between the wisdom of the philosophers and pacifists (mainly chimpanzees) - with their learning and retention of a working culture, and the more warlike members of their species (mainly gorillas - somewhat stereo-typically)) whose main attributes were their prowess in riding battle-ready horses as they collected human specimens and their handling of weapons of minor destruction. The film endeavours to show an ape community that possesses sophistication and community togetherness based on a common heritage and possible future. On the other hand, it reveals a disparate human existence that is still possessed of the desire to dominate and conduct war - even amongst itself. The film has pathos - primarily amongst the ape community, and pathology - distinctly in the humans. In the latter, there appears to be elements of "Apocalypse Now" residing in the main character "The Colonel" (played by Woody Harrelson). However, Harrelson never quite manages the heights attained by Marlon Brando and his characterization of "Colonel Kurtz". Once again, as in others of this series, the film's focus is on the character of Caesar, played by the ever reliable Andy Serkis. Caesar presides over unimaginable personal and community losses but resolves to avenge his kind. This pits him against the Colonel for a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet. Without revealing too much, the finale of the film reminds me of the biblical story of Moses and his feat of bringing his people out of Egypt and his running battles with the Egyptians. The ending, however, must remain to be seen by those viewing the film. With excellent acting and costumes, as well as very acceptable sound and apt scenery, this film has a sense of the epic. It is a satisfying addition, perhaps a final one, to "The Planet of the Apes" franchise.
Perhaps it’s just me but if anyone has read the excellent book ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ by Jean Auel you might be thinking the same thing. I believe there was also a rather dodgy film made too....
I liked this film. It had a worthwhile plot to back up the plentiful violence and aggression associated with war. Interesting subplots and a couple of new, rather endearing characters are introduced to lighten what could have been an overly oppressive feel.
Thought provoking sentiments and ironies abound. An enjoyable watch.
Excuse the jokey headline, but c'mon - once you see it, you can never unsee it... "My name's Kong, James Kong". Anyhoo, the original films and TV series bring back my childhood with a proustian rush, and whilst the Tim Burton reboot failed miserably, this new vision for the franchise truly created a dramatic, believable, and relatable reimagining. All the powerful social analogies for race and prejudice remain, previously unexplored issues such as the devolution of mankind are elegantly adressed, and the CGI takes us deep into the uncanny valley without once seeming jarring or slamming the viewer back to reality with a painful jolt. That said, the production team made a rod for their own back when they decided to retain apes mounted on horseback, as a 400lb mountain gorilla would snap even a shire or war horse's spine, and chimps with itty bitty legs just look hilarious in the saddle (especially when you mentally project Daniel Craig onto Terry Sirkis' supreme performance as Caesar.) Regardless, this is certainly one of the best recent reboots of a classic, and I genuinely can't wait for Conquest of TPOTA.....or should that be Kongquest?
Having watched and re-watched the previous two I was very anxious to see this one. I was not disappointed. Andy Serkis' performance is mesmerising. I forgot that he was a man and not Cesar. Although the story was a bit slow in parts and the ending isnt the happy one I'd have liked this is nonetheless a great, thought provoking film that will stay with me for years. I fear that humans beings don't need to wait for a pandemic to kill us off we are doing that ourselves anyway.