The battle between man and ape soldiers on in the latest film in the franchise, “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
Though, the intense action promised by the trailer dealt audiences more of a cold war.
In this newest chapter, the ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) struggles with the high number of losses from the conflict. On the outside, Caesar appears to his fellow apes a calm and confident leader, but on the inside, he is torn. He desires peace with the humans but seeks to avenge the loss of his wife and son.
In an attempt to find answers, Cesar leaves the group and searches for the human military base. "War for the Planet of the Apes" had the potential to be a great movie but fell short of my expectations — with a fundamental problem being this film's length.
Several scenes saw the apes discussing their dilemma with humans or expressing their feelings rather than taking action.
At some points, it felt like I was watching a talk show. These scenes provided little value to the final product and should have been cut.
Unbalanced is another word that I would use to describe the feeling produced by the movie. While the apes' struggles, thoughts and feelings were expressed many times to the audience, the human perspective seemed to be a footnote.
The only person the audience gets to know is the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), who is the leader of the human resistance. The single part of his character shown is his hatred of the apes due to the death of his son. I wish the writers spent more time explaining his background.
The audience, in the end, is left with a two-dimensional character in a three-dimensional world. There is no depth, which leaves a lot of questions left unanswered.
"War for the Planet of the Apes" will fulfill any entertainment void but only for a short time.
It is similar to that candy bar you have in between meals. While the hunger craving has been subdued, it is only for a short period. Come dinner time you are ready for a full meal.
I give “War for the Planet of the Apes three out of five mustaches.
This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images. It runs 140 minutes.