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Film review: War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes continues the story of the super ape leader Caesar.

The film picks up where the previous instalment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, left off, the plot revolving around the continuing conflict between the apes and humans.

Simply put this is an enjoyable movie, it features a strong cast, breathtaking CGI and it all culminates in an amazing visual spectacle.

However, it may not be exactly what fans are expecting, as the majority of the film primarily revolves around Caesar and his ape companions hunting down the human general (Woody Harrelson).

For a film called War for the Planet of the Apes, there is a surprising lack of major battles between humans and apes.

Out of the two battles in the film there is really only one skirmish between humans and apes.

This does not make the movie bad, far from it.

The adventure Caesar and his companions go on is thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat, there were moments in this movie where I couldn’t help but hold my breath in anticipation.

The supporting cast was also amazing, especially Nova (Amiah Miller).

I have never seen a character with no dialogue convey so much emotion and heart, to the point where I was nearly in tears.

The CGI also delivers, from big explosions to massive avalanches, it all looks amazing.

Perhaps the biggest CGI accomplishment was the apes, as their faces are rendered beautifully and their emotional expressions are entirely believable.

The fights and battles in the film are well choreographed and thrilling, so they end up being well worth the wait.

The movie does become a tad predictable at certain moments, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me thoroughly invested in the plot.

Film overview

  • Amazing CGI.
  • Excellent acting and a great supporting cast.
  • A thrilling adventure story.
  • Two major battles, one of which features the apes.

Overall this film is well worth the watch, I do however warn fans to not go in expecting epic ape versus human battles, because you will be disappointed if you do.

You can watch the trailer here: 

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