War for the Planet of the Apes – Review

And so we come to the end of another movie marathon. Since I saw this one in the cinema I ended up being amused when among the ads that play before the trailers were two of those army jobs ads before a movie that has soldiers as the villains.

This series is going to be my go to argument when I defend reboots now because all three films have been fantastic and are the best films in the entire franchise. This time the focus is entirely on the apes with the humans only appearing when the apes encounter them, this only serves to strengthen the things that made the ape scenes in the previous two films so great.


An example of this is the sign language now being the main form of dialogue in the film, this time being subtitled. It even applies to the human ally to the apes who is mute and rarely even signs. I also like how they named her Nova as a nod to the original. As for the human villains much like how Kobo was the best ape antagonist in the franchise Woody Harrelson’s character is the same for the human antagonists, I especially like how we never actually learn his name and only know him as the colonel.


I’ve saved talking about Caesar for this review because these films are his story and seeing them all back to back really shows how much this character has grown of the course of the series. I liked Caesar in the old films but this Caesar is a much better character. Even the way he communicates develops between each film with him barely saying a word in the first film, only speaking when he needs to in the second and now he defaults to speaking even in conversation with other apes who are signing.


And so with the marathon over here’s my ranking of the franchise

War for the Planet of the Apes > Rise of the Planet of the Apes > Dawn of the Planet of the Apes > Planet of the Apes (1968) > Escape from the Planet of the Apes > Conquest of the Planet of the Apes > Planet of the Apes (2001) > Battle for the Planet of the Apes > Beneath the Planet of the Apes


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