Director: Matt Reeves
Rating: 4 stars
We find Caesar and his army in the woods where the conflict between humans and apes continue. The human army, led by a ruthless Colonel, makes Caesar and his army suffer more than they had before. Caesar comes face to face with his darker side during his quest to set his kind free once and for all. An epic face off must determine the future of both species and Earth.
“I did not start this war. I offered you peace. I showed you mercy. But now you’re here. To finish us off… for good.”
The film opens with a battle scene between humans and apes that serves great camera work. While the camera moves upward we see the battle escalating between the two sides. Explosions, kills, battle cries. It’s all filmed in one single movement and makes a great opening scene for the movie. The narrative sets, as the previous films, around Caesar as main character. We see Caesar, played by Andy Serkis at a more personal level. The narrative stays true to the original: great scenes of action, the conflict between humans and apes. The two previous films were always centered around a conflict, but the third installment takes the movie to a higher level with this new conflict.
This may be my favorite movie of the franchise. One actor and great technology might be the reason why. Andy Serkis plays his role as Caesar brilliant. Praise the technology, because that made it possible to put so much emotion of Serkis acting skills into Caesar. I think it’s stunning to see the whole movie if you know that they really filmed all those people who play the apes were filmed in the woods. This is some great work from the whole crew.
The character that will steal the show is the one played by Steve Zhan. So hilarious and I’m loving his character, which is called Bad Ape. The Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, Caesar’s greatest opponent, is not what I completely imagined that it would be. In some way I expected more, but I can’t really explain what “more” would be. In another way his character makes perfect sense. I think other people will have the same kind of feeling about the Colonel.
To know that I’m not a huge fan, that I just like this franchise, makes me quite surprised that I loved it so much. I think thru the whole franchise they stayed true to what they visioned and I respect that a lot. It’s so important to not get taken away by all things you could do but in the end absolutely don’t work, or just start to drag it out. That’s what makes this movie worth 4 stars. The ending is perfect. That moment where everything goes silent and you just watch and get sucked into the moment.
Recommended to: fans, family (children above 10), those who love war movies and fighting scenes.