WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES movie review by The Commander

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War for the planet of the apes

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by The Commander

(out of 4 stars)

I've had the pleasure of watching The Planet of the Apes films since the original came out in 1968 with Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans. There have been scores of sequels to the original movie and then a rebooting of the franchise in 2001 with Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Clarke Duncan. Then another reboot appeared in 2014 with Gary Oldman, Carrie Russell, Andy Serkis and Jason Clark. The last series became graphically more visual with the adjunct of IMAX 3-D. While the stories provided a new history of how the intelligent apes came into being, the subsequent stories fell flat and were pretty much just battle scenes between apes and humans.

Now comes War for the Planet of the Apes.  A movie on a totally different scale from its predecessors. This movie has heart, soul, tragedy & resurrection. The central theme of the story is protecting your family from menacing forces, dealing with hate, bigotry and protecting the innocent. The story parallels what is going on in the world today when you look at the Middle East, Isis, Syria, Afghanistan and the USA. The parallels are almost eerie.

I loved this movie.  I thought it was intelligent, smartly written, beautifully executed and spectacularly visual in the IMAX 3-D format. This is the best film in the latest trilogy. Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, and Terry Notary do a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life. And newcomer Amiah Miller does so without ever uttering a word.  It was the first film where I cared more for the apes who had more humanity than I did for the humans who had none.

I don't want to give away the plot as I feel that it would hurt the overall experience of enjoying this film you'll just have to see it for yourself. And it's well worth the visit to your local theater.

 

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