Flash Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes
THERE were days where it felt he had a target painted on his back. What he originally thought were random acts of violence, where he happened to be the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time, he began to realize he was the main focus of the perpetrators’ aggression. Unfortunately bystanders around him would also fall victim to the violent acts. Being unexpectedly pushed from behind would cause him to fall into anyone standing in front of him, resulting in the chance they could topple and injure themselves. A liquid filled container thrown at him would also have an impact on anyone around him. He could never understand the hatred towards him. It was not like he started a fight or something; he pretty much fell into the average category, avoiding any type of conflicts or confrontations. His attitude was “live and let live” when it came to the behavior of others; however, there were days where it was a challenge to maintain that attitude. SEVERAL weeks of constant attacks pushed me to a place I had never been before. With my friends being affected from the fallout and me becoming consumed with a deep set hatred towards my aggressors, I lashed out at one of them when he was alone. It was the only time I instigated a fight. What worked in my favor was the fact no one would ever imagine me picking a fight. Adding in the element of surprise, I was set to let all of my anger out onto this one individual while I kept telling myself not to get hit in the face and start crying. My hope was if I could show this one person that I could fight back that he and the rest of his kind would stop picking on me. A similar train of thought was considered in this 3rd installment of the rebooted action adventure franchise. WHEN his enclave came under attack Caesar’s, played by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Prestige), hopes of peaceful co-existence seemed an impossible reality. He would be forced to confront the ugliness of man head on. Compared to the two previous films I found this science fiction story incorporated elements of American slavery and the Bible; especially in regards to Moses and the 10 commandments, at least the movie version. With Woody Harrelson (The Edge of Seventeen, Now You See Me franchise) as the Colonel, Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club, A Perfect Getaway) as Bad Ape, Karin Konoval (The Movie Out Here, 2012) as Maurice and Amiah Miller (Lights Out, How We Live-TV movie) as Nova; I realized some people might not appreciate the acting skills of some of the actors who were CGI enhanced; but I have to tell you, I thought Andy and Karin were amazing in their roles. Andy, besides all of the physical acting, was still able to convey emotions with depth to his character. I will be curious to see if he gets any recognition for the amount of work he put into this dramatic picture. The special effects were well done, never over the top and appearing quite real. What really tied all of the good pieces together in this movie was the script; I felt it was well thought out, going beyond the typical sci-fi story. It had heart which quickly grabbed me into the story. As I continued to think about this film afterwards I can see where it could start a discussion about a variety of topics including our current times.
3 ½ stars
Posted on July 17, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 3 1/2 stars, action, adventure, andy serkis, drama, monkey, science fiction, steve zahn, woody harrelson. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
I’ve really very much enjoyed this trilogy, which surprises me since I’m generally against remakes and reimaginings. These movies, however, I’ve found to be totally compelling. The mo-cap performances have just been incredible. I totally forget that they aren’t real Apes. I took me older kids to see this movie at the weekend and we loved it. I will say it had pacing issues for me. Too much of that western genre figures in landscapes and philosophical navel gazing slowing down the propulsive plot. But I thought the echoes of historical chapters in human history were well handled and it was generally strong thematically – evolution and primitivism, what defines humanity and civilization, the Moses narrative. Andy Serkis is just amazing.
I am thrilled Laura that you and the family loved the film. Also, that you too were amazed by Andy’s performance. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this 3rd time is the charmer of a movie.
nice articles but would have been nicer if it was composed in the paragraph form … much easier to read read mine in mikerana.com
Thank you for the comments. I only recently split the reviews into 3 distinct paragraphs. Let me think upon it, I appreciate you saying something.
Wish you could review books as well … Being selfish that I am ..
Thank you for your kind words; though I usually find the books better than their movie counterparts, I do not have the time presently.
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Yes, I’m seriously considering seeing this one! I’m not a great movie fan; but, unusually, I’ve enjoyed this series…
I love your style of entering the reviews via your personal experiences; it makes it, for me, so much more enjoyable/personal/interesting. So how did the confrontational event with your adversary end?
Hi Carolyn, Thank you for the kind words; I am glad you are enjoying my reviews. To answer your question the adversary stayed away from me for a 2 whole weeks, but then tried to exert his dominance once again. We got into a verbal confrontation where I had to say some intense things, but they worked. He left me alone after that.