War for the Planet of the Apes Review

Posted July 17, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Movies

Director: Matt Reeves

Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Released: 07/14/2017

War for the Planet of the Apes is hard to watch because you don’t really watch this movie; you experience it. From the very beginning frame to the fade out, you experience this movie. Everything from the performances, action, to sheer technical wonder mean you will come out satisfied.

What Matt Reeves does here is make not just a good Apes movie, but one of the best war movies of all time. And he does it with CGI characters. I want that to sink in. This movie will make you feel for these characters. You will get close to these characters, and they are not there. Not even Avatar was able to accomplish that. The human quality to the CGI apes from the first battle that sets the whole thing in motion to the final scene before the credits roll is a full on roller coaster of emotion, and this third chapter cements this new Apes trilogy among the greatest ever. Those tall words are backed up by the fact that ever since Rise came out, this series has grown: Rise was good, Dawn was great, and War transcends both.

This movie is up there with movies such as Apocalypse Now and Bridge on the River Kwai, with its phenomenal performances by Serkis and Harrelson as well as the supporting cast. I can honestly say this is one of the greatest movie achievements in modern movie history. To even be in a position to be compared to those greats something special had to have been created and most certainly was here.

If the movie does have a fault it’s that the middle act could have been edited more tightly, as the movie’s running time is close to two and half hours. However, for the most part it really does not feel that long as it simply never stops and allows you to catch a breath from all the wonder it brings to the screen.

War for the Planet of the Apes goes to some dark places as it works on themes such as tyranny, slavery, bigotry, and everything else in between. Thankfully, there are moments of levity and distraction, which are almost necessary to keep you from going fully into madness.

Matt Reeves has yet again demonstrated that summer blockbusters don’t have to be comedies made for kids, and that you can have an adul- oriented movie based on a famous property. I had strong reservations about this Planet of the Apes reimagining when it was first announced, but this movie–as well as others before it–has put those fears to rest. This is not just a great Apes movie; it is a great war movie, and it goes into the pantheon of potentially being one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history. Those are strong words, but I stand by them.

War for the Planet of the apes

War for the Planet of the apes



  • Great performances by Serkis and Harrelson
  • Beliveable CGI characters
  • Fantastic story
  • Adult Summer movie


  • some editing issues

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