Following the triumphant success of the previous installment, director Matt Reeves is backing up to finish this sensational and remarkable trilogy in style on several points. As the end of the second film clearly shows, war is inevitably declared between humans and apes. It’s like watching the second opus, but with more intensity and a more accentuated human morality. This is our critic of War for the Planet of the Apes movie.
War for the Planet of the Apes movie critic
To clearly and honorably express the context of the war, director and screenwriter Mark Bomback have seen or re-examined many war films that have marked the history of cinema such as Apocalypse Now or The Bridge of the River Kwai.
Watching these generally very eventful productions, they realized that these films fairly approach several human notions such as heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and action. Therefore ! They were based on this vision of things, with the aim of developing a new idea to conclude a trilogy without taking the same scriptwriting principles of the first two. For my part, I thought the idea was excellent, I really felt like I was watching a good old classic, but with a more modern tone and a realization made with the technological means of our days. Obviously, the film is not a pure condensation of action and hostile movements, unlike the second installment.
War for the Planet of the Apes movie tries to raise awareness among the public, to make people understand that there is no going back, that things must be done this way and that there are no other alternatives than war to find peace and prosperity. Out of the question of replacing the indisputable artist Andy Serkis, he has developed a knowledge that few actors will have and knows his role like the back of his hand. Once again, he is flawless in the role of the leader monkey Caesar, not forgetting that the interactions between him and the little girl help him develop a very meaningful human side. With this outstanding professional, the production is animated by a set of actors just as efficient as those of the other films, in particular Woody Harrelson who interprets with excellence his role of ruthless and intransigent colonel.
The rhythm of War for the Planet of the Apes movie fits very well with our expectations, a balance is well adjusted between all kinds of scenes which inevitably make up a war film. Although it has a little less than in the second installment, the action scenes are explosive, quite memorable and go straight to the point. They clearly show us that there is no room for pity, not even for negotiation. The fact that the film takes place mainly in a jungle considerably reinforces the kind of production that we are in the process of controlling, it takes up exactly the same theme as the war films revealing historical facts of the Vietnam War.
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As for the second opus, Matt Reeves delivers a work of high artistic quality. His staging is very neat, his way of telling the story is logical, his way of positioning the camera is impeccable and the work on special effects is far from neglected. We are in front of a blockbuster that perfectly keeps its promises with a vision very different from the one we are used to seeing. Although I keep a preference for the second opus, this third film wonderfully concludes this quite astonishing and curious trilogy, it clearly highlights a questioning of the two species.