War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
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Movie states more of the case of how motion-capture is another form of acting, as Andy Serkis would have it. A very gritty and emotional action picture, with the brave execution of nearly 1/3 of the movie focusing solely on the point of view for Caesar and his ape allies, communicating in very basic English and sign language (subtitled). You've never seen this many apes, and performed so well, in any of the Planet Of series, I guarantee it.
War for the Planet of the Apes completes the prequel trilogy to the 1968 original, smartly connecting the dots between eras and explaining some of the elements that, I'll have to admit, never really made sense until now, though I found one or two pieces of dialog a little on the nose, "forecasting" the future. A very small complaint, as this film, of a piece with Dawn, follows Caesar and his crew of apes, facing off against a charismatic general (Woody Harrelson) bent on exterminating his kind. Shades of Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan and The Great Escape, as writer-director Matt Reeves references his favorite war films in plot and visuals. The Apes films have always been political - all the good ones anyway have been about how we treat the "other" - but this one, without focusing on a single metaphor, feels very contemporary. The Trump era casts a dark shadow over it, a shadow that reaches back in time to the Civil War, and makes the film more potently about race relations in America. I don't know where film makers go from here if they want to keep the franchise alive (interstitial films? straight to a third remake? look beyond the Heston timeline?), but it's almost a shame it has to end here. (Then again, I'm all for going out on a high.)
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This movie ranks #91 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
This movie ranks #189 in All-Time Worldwide Box office