War for the Planet of the Apes Reviews - What Did You Think?!

War for the Planet of the Apes Reviews - What Did You Think?!

Yolanda Curtis
July 14, 2017

They may not be people, but they are, in every sense of the word, fully rounded characters. "[But] They can't make me be an ape".

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses because of the actions of their human counterparts, the leader of the apes, Caesar, wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind against the evil Colonel.

The third reboot's the charm?: While many other sequels and reboots have faltered and/or fallen this summer, relatively speaking - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", "The Mummy", "Cars 3", etc. - two new movies appear to be ready to grab both box office gold and critics raves.

You can read our War for the Planet of the Apes review here.

Steve Zahn plays a new character, Bad Ape, an escapee from a zoo; he, like Caesar, has evolved to speak.

The rest of the best of the film comes courtesy of Woody Harrelson's villain, a huge injection of heart (thanks partly to the introduction of Amiah Miller's Nova and baby Cornelius) and the story that refuses to rely too heavily on action (despite the title). Along with returning writer Mark Bomback, Reeves spins a gripping, visually stunning and emotionally complex tale of otherness - one that examines, against its us-vs. -them subtext, not just what it means to be human, but also humane.

The latest instalment is set a few months after 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with humans and apes embroiled in a bitter war.

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