War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

2017 | PG-13 | 140 Minutes

Action | Adventure | Science Fiction | Drama

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begi...

Overall Rating

9 / 10
Verdict: Great

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  • TheMovieDiorama

    10 / 10
    War for the Planet of the Apes has restored my faith in 2017. Just when I thought no blockbuster would be worthy of a perfect rating, this beauty comes along and proves me wrong. Oh. My. Word. This was absolutely phenomenal. Flawless in terms of the summer blockbuster season. A damn masterpiece in conveying conflict in both war and within one's self. A defining film that will change motion capture imagery for the future (Avatar may have just lost its crown). An action spectacle that knows how to balance explosions with thought-provoking themes and dialogue. A finale that ends a fantastic trilogy (that really we didn't deserve) and cements it as one of the best trilogies of all time. Another reason to love Andy Serkis even more due to his captivating lead performance and consistent hard work on and off screen. So much grit and realism that you'll be questioning to yourself halfway through: "...hang on, these are CGI apes right?" as your mind melts and becomes entranced by the sheer perfection of every piece of fur that's visible to human eye as it blows gently in the snowy winds!! So. Much. Emotion. I teared not once, not twice, but three damn times. It's relentless, the waves of emotion just kept crashing down on me...and yet I didn't want to escape. I've grown attached to these complex emotive characters for three films, every chapter felt like getting to know them. The beauty of it is, that the dialogue is minimal...is all in their eyes! So many scenes where the Apes look directly into the camera...into my soul! The human girl added a much needed symbol to the plot: innocence. The dialogue between Harrelson's "Colonel" and Caesar was palpable, a five minute scene just of raw powerful dialogue. Bad Ape was a much required lighthearted character who brings some smiles because this film is relentlessly depressing, I warn you now, your soul will be drained of all emotions. But my God what a journey, no regrets whatsoever. Without a doubt, War for the Planet of the Apes gets the perfect rating.