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War for the Planet of the Apes- review


“War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017)

Directed by  Matt Reeves

Starring Andy Serkis,  Woody Harrelson

Running Time 140 Minutes, Rated PG-13

2.5 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com


I was moved by “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, and I was equally moved by “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, and everyone and their monkey brother was moved by Matt Reeves finale “War for the Planet of the Apes”, but not me.  I wanted to love it, and I had the tears ready to fall but no dice.  Why?


The culmination of the DNA altered ape Caesar played by the motion caption treasure that is Andy Serkis trying to bring freedom to his fellow primates goes through all the beats of a great war but they never felt like more than well plotted beats to me.  Trying to combine the horrors or war of “Apocalypse Now” with a Colonel Kurtz-esq character played by an always clean shaven Woody Harrelson with the at times jovial prisoner camp teamwork of “The Great Escape”, this final Apes movie left me all things, kind of bored.

I’ll tell you what isn’t boring, this series special effects.  I don’t say this lightly but this to me is the best use of special effects ever used in film.  The damn dirty talking apes shown on screen are more real than any Madea film.  What’s done in these films is top of the bar and has no rival.  Unfortunately, the effects were but the icing to a very bland cake.

Matthew 10:34


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