The Primate Of Darkness
When Rise OF The Planet Of The Apes emerged onto our screens 6 years ago, no one believed in it. No one thought it would have any lasting impact on the world, it was the film that followed on from the failed Tim Burton remake. No one believed in it, and now 6 years later War For The Planet Of The Apes is one of the most anticipated films of the year. So the real question is, are apes together strong? Or will blind ambition be their downfall?
War For The Planet Of The Apes is both breath-taking and graceful in every single frame, it is a film that isn’t afraid to slow the pace to give room for more character development. Each of the souls locked on this planet are dammed, they all know it, they are just trying to each find some kind of redemption.
That’s how deep War For The Planet Of The Apes, that is my opening paragraph to the feature. The movie is one that continually slows back down to allow the tension to start organically growing once more, like a piece of wire that begins to go slack as you reel it in, sometimes the film will cast us out a little further just to reel us back in, so by the time the film concludes we are at a fever pitch for every single movement of the storyline.
War For The Planet Of The Apes returns us back to reevaluate everything that we have witnessed in the last two previous films, moments where Cesar directly made choices we are reminded of. We are forced to take another look at the leader of the apes and see him in a new light. In War Cesar is continually trying to find the balance between peace and war, often failing and costing his entire species badly.
War For The Planet Of The Apes has many stand out moments, but it never allows us to rest on any one element alone, it never just depends on the acting or the CGI or the story to carry a scene, it is persistently a trifecta of all three that makes War such an outstanding success.
I know that some people just won’t get it, and that’s ok, there are some of your films I don’t get either, Baywatch for example. However, here is a film that makes you switch on and engage with the subject matter and always makes you wonder what it is to be human. War also brilliantly suggests at the ultimate fate of the human race, with teases and suggestions strewn throughout the movie.
While Andy Serkis has previously been is subdued and calm as Caesar, in War he is prone to outbursts of rage and even violence, this is the perfect foil for Woody Harrelson’s “The Colonel”, and balancing the two out is Steve Zahn as “Bad Ape”, these three share most of the lines in the movie, the rest is all sign language, and it’s all the more powerful for it.
To call War For The Planet Of The Apes a masterpiece is an understatement, it is one of the most powerful and well-crafted pieces of cinema I have ever witnessed.