The critics agree that War for the Planet of the Apes is one of the best conclusions to a franchise trilogy ever made!
The two previous movies – Rise and Dawn – had already resonated with audiences for reclaiming the visceral power and social relevance of the original franchise, badly damaged by Tim Burton’s risible remake.
War is perhaps one of the most perfect blockbusters in recent memory, combining a incisive story with a technical mastery of CGI to produce an unforgettable masterpiece.
For that director and co-writer Matt Reeves deserves full credit. The performances of Andy Serkis (Caesar), Karin Konoval (Maurice), Terry Notary (Rocket) and Steve Zahn (Bad Ape) merged effortless with the CG artists to produce a memorable visual spectacle.
The human antagonist – The Colonel – was also played with aplomb by Woody Harrelson, clearly in his element with comparisons to Colonel Kurtz (Apocalypse Now!) evident.
In fact, it is obvious that Matt Reeves and his creative team spent hours watching classic movies catching inspiration at every turn.
Thought-provoking in virtually every key scene, War reminds us of the wonder of the best movies and celebrates them wildly.
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