A Spoiler-Free Review of War for the Planet of the Apes

When War for the Planet of the Apes was coming out in July I actually didn’t want to see it. I had seen the last one and it wasn’t that great so I figured this movie wouldn’t be too good either. Then I heard so many fantastic reviews about it that I just decided maybe I should watch it after all. So it became available on Digital and I finally watched it. Here’s what I have to say about it.

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This is hands down the best Planet of the Apes movie that has ever been made. First of all, the CGI was mindblowing. I mean look at this picture. This is Caesar, played by the legendary Andy Serkis, and he’s a CGI character, yet he looks about as real as the humans in the movie. There were so many close-up shots of monkeys’ faces in the movie, mainly Caesar, that I was just watching the movie stunned. The CGI never wavered, the apes never began to look fake, it really was impressive and downright stunning to see all of these expressions and actions the apes made and it just never felt artificial.

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Secondly, the story was just perfect. Absolutely impeccable, from start to finish. The reason why I’m not writing a review filled with spoilers about this movie is that it’s such a good movie that I want you to see it for yourself without having any idea what the movie’s about exactly. I will say though, this film was so good it was actually kind of shocking.

This is one of the most intense films I have ever seen. The dialogue is engaging, the characters are memorable, and the story, the way it unfolds and never lets up is astonishing. The movie is two hours and twenty minutes long and I ended up watching the movie in the course of two days because there was so much content crammed into the movie that it felt like a three-hour long movie, seriously. I mean so much happens in the last hour of the film that it feels like a movie in itself.

This is also one of the quietest movies I’ve ever watched. If you’re not a fan of having to watch individuals have quiet, emotional conversations throughout the movie then this is not the movie for you. You have to really watch this film because this isn’t an action movie. I’d say this movie was 65% dialogue, 35% action.

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This movie is also so intense that it felt borderline R to me. There were a lot of raw images and moments in the movie that I was surprised to see in a PG-13 film. I was glad to see the movie pushing the limit though and not holding back.

My Conclusion of the Film

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This is undoubtedly one of the best movies of the year. I got so emotionally attached to these apes that I was appalled at myself. It’s a shame this won’t be in the conversation for Best Picture because this movie was written so perfectly and had so much heart that it was, to me, a film worthy to be nominated for an Oscar.

The score I’d give this film is a 98 out of a 100 and 5 out 5 stars. The reason why I gave it a 98 is because it can make you sleepy if you’re watching this late at night simply because it is such a quiet movie. But besides that, it’s an utterly perfect night and I really hope you end up watching this film.

I thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

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