War for the Planet of the Apes is a solid sequel!

Other | Sunday 6th August 2017 | Francesco

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third instalment of the reboot series directed by Matt Reeves. It’s the sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that came out in 2014.

This third movie is focused on the consequences created by Koba’s actions: both humans and apes are fighting in a war set in the forest. The losses are terrible: Caesar’s family is destroyed when both his wife and older son are killed by the Colonel.

In search of vengeance, the king of the apes decides to go after him in order to avenge the death of his family, he is accompanied by Maurice, Luca and Rocket. Caesar arrives at the Alpha-Omega camp, but he is unexpectedly captured.

This leads to a game-changing turn that will lead to the freedom of the apes’ clan and the loss of its leader.

Matt Reeves directs an intelligent and suspenseful action movie that not only explores the development of this war between species but also creates a complex portrait of Caesar.

As in the previous movies, the protagonist goes far beyond the stereotype of an ape and he is more human than human kind itself. There is also space to explore how life could change on earth: the movie introduces a dangerous illness that causes the loss of language in a large part of the population.

This terrible disease makes the Colonel kill the infected and in the end commit suicide, but thankfully, it doesn’t de-humanize the little girl saved by Luca.

In the end, both apes and humans could easily survive together and help each other, but the lack of communication and understanding prevents any possible truce.

Not only does Matt Reeve shine through as the director, the cast delivers a strong performance: Andy Serkis is once again compelling as Caesar and Woody Harrelson is the perfect villain of the story.  Michael Giacchino creates once again the perfect score.

War for the Planet of the Apes is not perfect: it’s a bit too long and there are some predictable plot twists and narrative developments, but it’s undeniable that it’s an entertaining and smart action movie that likely closes a strong and solid trilogy.

Have a look at the trailer below: