Movie: War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review
Direction: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
Music: Michael Giacchino
Cinematographer: Michael Seresin
Editor: William Hoy, Stan Salfas
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
What is it about: It’s a sequel to the “Planet of The Apes – Reboot Series”, where the Apes are in struggle save their race from humans being extinct. What happens in this struggle forms the crux of the story directed by Matt Reeves.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: This is one of those REBOOT, which goes beyond someone’s expectation. Every film was outstanding and carved a niche space among the franchises who mostly stagger to hold their ground beyond one film. This last film from the series was beautifully made, which had a great emotional value. And for them who have been following the series since the first film. You practically relate to the character’s emotions individually and get invested in to the feeling surrounding them. Director Matt Reeves, did an exceptional job in driving this emotionally stronger rather than filling it with larger than life action.
Even though the film was totally on motion capture, the actors under the VFX were exceptional in their performances. And obviously Andy Serkis as Caesar tops the chart, he’s a character which drives the full film with his dynamic screen presence. The dedication shown by the actor was phenomenal.
Then there was Karin Konoval as Maurice, she was an Ape of wisdom and patience, which kept the sanity among them. Amazing performance.
Terry Notary as Rocket was great, and how can we forget the comic relief in this intense drama. You guys guessed it right, it was that “Bad Ape” played by Steve Zahn, who tickled everyone with his innocence.
Finally there was Amiah Miller as Nova, an actor with no dialogues, but delivers a very mature performance.
There’s no doubt the VFX was out of the world and the APES were rendered to the best of the best. For a moment, you forget that they’re not real but rendered ones. 3D was not needed for this film, I personally felt it was a hindrance to viewing. The sound was packaged well, with an amazing sound design and mix.
The score by Michael Giacchino, was excellent. The cinematography by Michael Seresin was delectable and was crisply cut by William and Stan.
Verdict: Matt Reeves, did an excellent job in ending the franchise at an emotional note. Which couldn’t have been better with something else. He brings together everything in a nutshell, making all the characters leaving an impact on the audience. Don’t miss this one, definitely worth a watch.