War for the Planet of the Apes in the final installment of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy. Caesar and his fellow apes are at war with the humans to ultimately determine which species will survive to rule the planet. While the apes simply want to live in peace among the woods, the humans will not let them be. This is because of the simian virus which is plaguing the human race and reducing them back to their primate form. Because of this, only one species will survive while the other is wiped out, and Caesar is forced into war to defend the apes and save their species.
Based on the trailers and the name of the movie, I came into a little concerned that there was going to be too much fighting and battle and action all throughout the movie. That seems like the easy way out for action movies these days. However, that was not the case at all in this movie. It very much focused on the internal struggles that one deals with when having to make difficult choices. The first sign of this was Caesar staying behind to fight the soldiers while the rest of the apes traveled toward shelter. Then again we see it with Maurice wanting to bring the little girl along with them because she was alone. Caesar constantly has flashbacks to Koba, who was very much revenge driven in the previous movie. Caesar struggles with these flashbacks because he does not want to be like Koba and kill for revenge, but his own family was also murdered by the human soldiers and hate consumes him.
This movie did a great job of balancing both the physical and emotional warfare that was happening throughout the film. You could really get the sense that the leaders of both sides did not want to be fighting against the other, but also felt like they had no choice. I also enjoyed that the plot had several twists and turns in addition to a great ending that wasn’t obvious throughout the entire movie. You really weren’t sure what was going to happen until the very end, but yet I think the ending of this trilogy was still very satisfying. I enjoyed this movie very much as well as the trilogy as a whole. Caesar became one of my more favorite movie characters in recent years.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% critic 86% audience
My Final Rating: 9/10
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