Review: War for the Planet of the Apes Print
Friday, 14 July 2017 04:43
Rating:  Z
By:  Amy Elizondo
Summary:  The third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot picks up a few years after where the last film left off.  Caesar is doing his best to avoid an inevitable fight between apes and humans, however, he is torn between his love for his own kind and his feelings towards humans.
The Good:  This film was simply stunning.  The amount of work that clearly went into making it look flawless before your eyes on the screen is incredible.  Every scene was perfect from the artwork to the costumes and, of course, the makeup.  Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the film.  His transition into Caesar is so effortless, he completely embodies the character and turns into someone whom you love and want to root for.  All of the supporting actors from Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, What Women Want) to Karin Konoval (2012, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also came together and delivered amazing performances.
The Bad:  Nothing very bad stood out about this film except for some of the extended monologues that Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, The Hunger Games Saga) seemed to have.  After the first couple of scenes of this nature, it just seemed a little bit redundant and kind of lost its effect.  Although Woody Harrelson did play an excellent villain, don’t get me wrong.  I just wish that some of his dialogue had been a little shorter.  There also wasn’t as many action scenes as I thought there would be, but once those scenes appeared, they really blew you away.
The Ugly:  Any fan of Planet of the Apes (the old or the new series) will enjoy this film.  It was fun, sad, engaging, and all of the above.  It is worth the watch and had a little bit of everything for everyone. You will find yourself cheering for the apes if you haven’t already been doing so since the first film.


 Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
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