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War for the Planet of the Apes combines breathtaking special effects and a powerful, poignant narrative to conclude this rebooted trilogy on a powerful -- and truly blockbuster -- note.
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Reeves tells a big story that's satisfying in many ways.
Although it rouses and overwhelms, it ain't much fun. ... Still, there is much to relish.
With its allusions to Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, the Bible, American slavery and the civil-rights movement, "War" may not be subtle but it's ultimate proof that summer sequels and blockbusters don't have to be brain-dead bottom-feeders either.
War for the Planet of the Apes, the third in the rebooted trilogy, is among the best of the series.
Serkis has invented an entirely new medium of performance - one that pushes the series into a realm that would have blown poor George Taylor's mind even more than a half-buried Lady Liberty.
The best summer blockbuster in years, a smart, thoughtful, confrontational and challenging allegory for a world run amok.
Director Matt Reeves and his team should be very proud of what they have accomplished with this film.
A thundering end to a powerful trilogy.
War for the Planet of the Apes firmly cements this franchise's status as the smartest, most thoughtful blockbuster action series going.
It's relatable. It's affecting. And it's deeply moving. For a film about a bunch of talking apes, that's a triumph in itself.
War for the Planet of the Apes is exhilarating and melds together an expert level of craft and performance that shores itself up as one of the delights of this Summer
The three films (stand) consistently as a strong trilogy, and in my mind, ... one of the strongest. Often, quality slips with each entry, but (these) get stronger as they go.
The rationale for war is ultimately relationships, yah, those we love and, umm, those other people. This work underscores that idea repeatedly, which somehow effectively renders the amazing technological effects secondary, which is a pretty big job. Excellent writing dovetails the entire series, as well, seamlessly into the original series and sets it up for repeat viewing. Top notch acting rounds it all out, with kudos to Serkis and Harrelson and Zahn in particular. Moviemaking at its finest, summer school edition!
What a wonderful surprise to see how much this movie is centered on its characters when it would have been so easy to focus mostly on the action (after all, there is a "war" in the title), being instead an intelligent and careful drama that takes its time to earn our emotional investment.
One of the bleakest and darkest summer blockbusters of all times, the conclusion to the Cesar trilogy may not be the usual shallow popcorn fun. It is intense, brutal and extremely emotional, though. The insane special effects make for the most convincing CGI creatures of all times. You can't help but fall in love with those characters and cheer for them. While not as action packed as the trailers suggested, the slow place and the feeling of constant threat makes for a very enthralling atmosphere. It's basically the "Bridge on the river Kwai" of ape movies, with plenty of Easter eggs from the classic original. A pretty gutsy film that fully pays off in the end.
War for the Planet of the Apes continues the franchises resurgence with a thoughtful action film that rides the moral line effectively to make you truly wonder which side you should be rooting for. While I don't think it is the best film of the rebooted universe, it is a strong addition that finishes the trilogy with an emotionally complex story that keeps you guessing until the end. This felt a little long at 2 1/2 hours, but this is a minor complaint. There's surprising only small doses of action sprinkled into the somber setting and plot, but they are nonetheless effective. The performances are noteworthy, especially Andy Serkis as Caesar once again. Woody Harrelson plays a strong villain as well. This is a worthwhile trip to the theater if you want more than just brainless action in your summer blockbusters.
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