As summer blockbusters go – this one is going to be pretty damn hard to beat.
I don’t want to spoil the story or anything that happens in this movie for anyone. All I’ll say of the plot of this film is that Caesar and a mysterious military head called “The Colonel” are destined to do battle with each other. A battle to the death.
The reasons leading up to this conflict are complex and myriad in their multitude. I really don’t want to ruin it for you. I want you to discover it for yourself.
I don’t know if it was a conscious decision or not – but I’ve largely avoided advance reviews of this – and going into it green allowed me to have a phenomenal movie going experience.
I won’t tell you the story of the film but I will tell you what it’s about.
It’s about family. Friendship. Faith. Triumph over adversity.
It’s exciting. It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s political (there is an amusing dig at Trump in there – you’ll know it when you see it).
I do believe that photo real CGI is finally here. Throughout this movie I constantly marvelled at how life like the apes were. Even down to the blood vessels in their eyes.
This isn’t a film that’s heavy on dialogue. A grunt here, a glance there. A lot is said with very little.
Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar is truly awards worthy. Woody Harrelson is one of the most complex movie villains in years.
It’s stunning to look at. Brilliantly white snowy landscapes, gorgeously brown autumnal woodlands, and nights that are an inky black – only lit by harsh and intrusive moonlight.
The film has the feel of a tone poem that even it’s most visceral battle scenes don’t detract from. The slow burning tension is palpable.
This isn’t a film you watch. This is a film you experience.
I was amused to notice that this is the second film I’ve seen this year that involves both Apes AND nods to Apocalypse Now.
Kong: Skull Island (review) and War For The Planet Of The Apes will make for an interesting Conrad influenced Simian double bill when the blu rays hit our shelves in a couple of months time.
Summer blockbusters aren’t usually like this. This isn’t a film that whacks us over the head with phoney pyrotechnics – and the usual sturm and drang reserved for the most ADHD of multiplex audiences.
This film is a true work of art. It’s like staring at a moving painting.
Matt Reeves is honestly one of the best filmmakers working today. On the evidence of this – Batman is in VERY safe hands.
This movie is absolutely INCREDIBLE.
The Man Who Saved Movies. Apes. Together. Strong.