Movie Review-War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes is the final film in the trilogy featuring the inevitable showdown between the new generation of intelligent apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). In this film, after losing a huge number of apes to waring humans, Caesar must lead his species on one final war to determine the fate of the planet. Woody Harrelson plays the Colonel who is hell bend on ridding the world of all apes and eventually, in the end, The Colonel and Caesar meet face to face for the final showdown.
The final "Apes" movie, which does not have an Oscar caliber story, does have some Oscar worthy CGI scenes (Computer Generated Imagery). The entire world of apes is created by computer animators using footage of actors in green screen suits who intereact with real actors in the movie. It is an amazing use of special effects and director Matt Reeves creates a dark world that is more believable than any special effects movie I can think of in recent history. It is worth seeing of only for the special effects.
Caesar evolves as more of a leader in the final Planet of the Apes movie. He is torn by his desire for revenge and his responsibilty to lead his tribe to safety. Andy Serkis does a great job showing the evolution of his character; while Woody Harrelson, who is not restricted by a special effects suit, plays a power hungry Colonel that we've seen before in other movies. There is nothing really special about his performance.
War for the Planet of the Apes is rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence and runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes. The time does pass quickly however. The different species of ape characters are enough to keep you enthralled for the entire movie. The movie is good; but not great. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate War for the Planet of the Apes a LARGE.