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War for the Planet of the Apes (12)

Reviewed by Arjan Shoker

Following the unexpected success of the first two instalments of a now-beloved film franchise, which rebooted the age old classic Planet of the Apes series, director Matt Reeves (currently working on ‘The Batman’ trilogy) proved that this Hollywood underdog could have the potential to be an Oscar Award Winner. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) is both a visually stunning film and one that is carefully crafted to reveal the audience’s emotions. Certainly a large step away from the original’s use of makeup, the input of lifelike CGI along with the unfathomably brilliant acting makes you think that you are watching apes on screen, rather than the reality of actors in green ‘suits’.

The main character Caesar, Ape protagonist (played by Andy Serkis), continues his journey to protect the apes he leads following the catastrophic events that left the last film on a nail-biting cliff-hanger. The main standout of the film is the enigmatic capitalization of the deceased antagonist of the previous film – Koba. The story sees him continuously haunt Caesar, ensuing his brash actions in 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In addition, the beginning of the film itself reflects the title as it was HUMAN vs. APE before five minutes had even gone. With action running throughout and emotional heart-break being a key theme (making even those with the hardest of hearts tear up) War for the Planet of the Apes is a sensational film and proved that the director was one not to be messed – breaking even more records with this film than previous ones.

An easy 10/10!