War for the Planet of the Apes
War For The Planet Of The Apes: Hard-hitting, Powerful and Unforgettable
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
As the third installment in The Planet Of The Apes Franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes, is hard-hitting, powerful and unforgettable.
Seeking revenge for the murder of his son, Caesar (Andy Serkis) sets out along with Maurice (Karin Konoval) and his other fellow apes to fight a war against the humans triggered by The Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The aftermath of this war, the tension surrounding the situation and the survivors that are left behind culminate the core of this plot.
Maintaining the wonderful reputation of the other two installments, Director Matt Reeves, paints a somber yet thrilling picture set in the backdrop of a brimming war. In many places, Reeves pays tribute to Apocalypse Now by bringing to life infamous references from the film. More than treading along solely on Science Fiction, War For The Planet Of The Apes bears many ideological references that are based strongly in Philosophy.
The film has many intriguing aspects that can be analyzed and discussed for years to come. For instance, Caesar’s loyalty and majesticity can be dissected endlessly, the terrific action sequences set in a terribly dark color palette can be compared to predecessors of the same genre and the hard hitting war scenes that are more internally reflective can make for a great topic in strong-willed debates. These aspects come together to make for an installment that never really leaves the walls of your heart. The voice of Caesar and his tribe keep resonating inside your head long after the film.
More than anything else, the film holds up a mirror to humans and what’ve become. It reminds us of the harsh realities of our existence and our notion to destroy anything we don’t grow to understand. It holds a mirror into the vengeance seeking machines our race tends to become when threatened. In this film, you can be sure to route for the Apes. In fact, a thought of how much better the planet would be without the human race is bound to cross your mind. This thought-provoking characteristic of the film will put you in a state of deep-reflection. But, its reflective tendencies never get in the way of its commercial viabilities. All the glitz, the Summer demands, this film fulfills in the form of mind-blowing stunts, state-of-the-art- motion capture and spectacular visual treatment.
Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval and many more character actors fulfill their roles and sign off on a memorable note. But Andy Serkis takes the centre stage as Caesar. Caesar’s Majestic presence is comforting. Over three installments, his heart has grown as large as his wisdom. [Spoiler Alert] if bidding goodbye to Wolverine was difficult, saying your goodbyes to Caesar will feel like you’re being struck by a thousand sharp knives at the same time. It is plain painful to see him go. [Spoiler Ends]
Cinematographer Michael Seresin finds an intersecting point between blockbuster essentials and realism to create a visual arena in which the tones and hues are as organic as its characters. There is depth and there is also a complementing color palette to uplift and enhance the visual-storytelling.
Music is the master key in this film. Music Director Michael Giacchino brings to life many complex emotions through his soothing yet impactful scores. Amidst war, amidst all the physical tension, his music liberates the mental tension of his characters.
On the whole, War For The Planet Of The Apes is everything you expect from the motion pictures. It serves blockbuster material in a reflective container. The result is bound to blow your mind.