Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

Though I never saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I did see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and absolutely fell in love. There was no way I was going to miss out on War of the Planet of the Apes. I went to see it last night.

Caesar is looking for a place for his ape community where they won’t be troubled by man anymore. And it looks like his eldest son Blue Eyes has found it. But before they can set out on their journey soldiers attack their current base, and do heavy damage. Blinded by rage and the need for revenge, Caesar sets out for the man who is responsible for all this, the Colonel. He means to end this war.

Much like Logan, this movie ends the franchise, and it ends it well. You are presented with the differences between man and ape, but are they true differences? Are apes that different from man? Is man not just an animal as well? What constitutes humanity? Are you no longer human when you’ve lost it? Are you no longer an animal when you’ve found it?

The motion capture was amazing, as expected. You could see every emotion on Caesar’s face, in his eyes, and the way he carried himself. It was never exaggerated, always subtle. It made me believe in this ape society under siege from people who fear them and hate them, just because they are revealed to be smart and much more capable than mankind could’ve ever imagined. It’s almost uncanny.

Movies likes these, heavy on motion capture, remind me of the injustice that there’s no award for best motion capture. These people behind the apes, those who do the technical work, and those who do the acting, should receive some kind of accolades for their extraordinary work. It’s not easy to portray an ape, or anything non-human really, and it’s time people realise that.

This movie is a beauty that tugs on the heartstrings and makes one wonder about the definition and the parameters of humanity. I recommend anyone and everyone to go see this wonderful movie.

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