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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Primal Pursuit: Rise of the Resistance

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)

Released 07-14-2017

Watched 03-09-2024

Reviewed 03-14-2024

Watched on MAX

"There are times when it is necessary to abandon our humanity to save humanity."

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is a gripping and emotionally charged third installment in the rebooted trilogy that began with "Rise" and continued with "Dawn." Directed by Matt Reeves, it delivers a powerful narrative that explores themes of survival, revenge, and the blurred lines between humanity and the animal kingdom.

One of the standout aspects of the movie is its stunning visual effects. The motion capture technology used to bring the apes to life is nothing short of remarkable. The level of detail in their expressions and movements is astonishing, making it easy for viewers to connect with these CGI characters on a deeply emotional level.

Moreover, the performances in "War for the Planet of the Apes" are exceptional across the board. Andy Serkis once again shines as Caesar, the conflicted and morally complex leader of the apes. His portrayal is nuanced and heartfelt, conveying a wide range of emotions without uttering a single word. Additionally, Woody Harrelson delivers a chilling performance as the film's antagonist, Colonel McCullough, adding depth and intensity to the conflict.

The film's pacing is deliberate, allowing for ample character development and tension-building moments. While some may find the slower pace a bit challenging, it ultimately serves to heighten the stakes and underscore the emotional weight of the story.

Thematically, "War for the Planet of the Apes" raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of humanity and the consequences of our actions. It's a poignant exploration of empathy, compassion, and the capacity for both good and evil within us all.

Some viewers may find certain plot points predictable, and the overall narrative may feel somewhat formulaic at times. Additionally, while the visual effects are undeniably impressive, there are moments where the CGI can feel slightly artificial, pulling viewers out of the immersive experience.

In conclusion, "War for the Planet of the Apes" is a fitting third film to the trilogy. With its strong visuals, solid performances, and thought-provoking themes, it's a must-see for fans of the franchise and newcomers alike. While it may not be flawless, its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses, earning it a solid three-star rating.

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