War for the Planet of the Apes

Review for War For The Planet Of The Apes (U/A):


Language: English

Genre:  Science Fiction Drama

Duration: 140 Minutes


Theatre: AriesPlex- Audi 1

Status: 50%



1: Direction

2: Dialogues

3: Screenplay

4: Cinematography

5: Special Effects

6: Editing

7: Performance of lead actors

8: BGM Scores



1: Slow paced moving

2: Predictable Storyline

3: Average 3D effects


One Word: War For The Planet Of The Apes is an amazing end to the trilogy which is totally a worth watch.


War For The Planet Of The Apes story deals with Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a conflict with an army of humans led by a colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.


War For The Planet Of The Apes have mixed combinations of good story, classy direction, stunning special effects and top level performance from lead characters. So this third film of the series ends up to a good worth watch movie. The preeminent tone of the movie is dark to an extreme with good dramatic background and visual relief. The movie is pretty heavy because of the war backdrop. The movie is not like a regular kind of high action drama, this movie moves in its own unique way on an acceptable classy style and the flow of the narration epitomise the perfect preparedness in every department of the movie. The thrilling convincing actions and heart agonising dialogues and the grand special effects make this movie as one of the best movie of this year. The movie is moving on a slow paced manner but the movie gives touching emotions of both apes and humans and that was one of the interesting realism factor I found in this movie. The movie steers away from a full blown physical war as the title tells and the movie is well balanced and have a controlled writing and the emotions and the right decisions of the battles resulted out as a worth watch for a big time.


The director Matt Reeves had given a best cinematic work for the trilogy and he ended the Apes series perfectly on a remembering classy style. The story and screenplay written by Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves coveys eventful and packs a good dramatic punch. The story and the direction directs with a perfect patience, never letting the foot come off the tension pedal. The actions scenes and emotional scenes are beautifully zags for the direction and it was also extremely brilliant due to the technically aspects and classy writings from the makers. All these factors make the viewer’s emotionally connect with the Apes. The writings take the movie beyond a brilliant level and turns into thoughtful and intensive adventure, as the ideas of choice and even alienation are explored.  The director had worked out brilliantly in character exploration and its development. The director also takes the real liberty to draw the characters out through conversation scenes which was outstanding.


The movie had worked brilliantly because of the amazing touching story, genuine style of direction, suspenseful action, emotional storyline, character development and CGI. The movie also paces pretty well with the convening explanation and jumps to the actual thread in most occurrence. One of the scene of the little girl and ape involving a cerise tree; with no dialogues and only performance of music, that scene will definitely tug on the heart strings of every viewers.


The cinematography by Michael Seresin was breathtaking. Shot after shot, the visuals are mesmerize and delightful and brings the world to life in vivid detail. The action frames of climax were shot beautifully and the shots of cold framed locations were also brilliant. The CGI was also having a modern brilliance, the CGI surrounding the motion capture is flawless and catchy but the 3D was not having enough effects to surprise the viewers.


Talking about the characters, Caesar basically reminds us how this character is and how real he is, absolutely stunning and energetic performance from Andy Serkis. He had given all his best surprising factors to the character and the final result was simply outstanding. The compassion, fear and braveness in Caesar’s eyes show the real charisma and gentle countenance. All other actors who played the good and bad apes also delivered an excellent job. Woody Harrelson negative character as Colonel was good; his simple unique style was interesting. Amiah Miller as Nova an organ girl delivered a touching performance. Her cuteness and bold kind of nature was outstanding.


The CGI and special effects is some of the best that has been put to screen in recent times, it is really stunning and outstanding. The BGM scores by Michael Giacchino were brilliant, he does really well with the scores complimenting the scenes in the film which heightens the tension when needed and can be mesmerizing at times. The editing by William Holy and Stan Salfas was crisp and clear, mismatched was not at all found, the cuts were perfect and clear.


So overall War For The Planet Of The Apes had given me a good cinematic experience because of its brilliant level of direction, writings and technical aspects. The movie is an excellent closing act to this trilogy. Please don’t expect a war movie, it will make you disappoint. So watch this movie if you love to see an emotionally action drama. Reminding once again it’s an excellent choice for a worth watch, don’t miss it.


Verdict: Excellent

Rating: 8/10


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