Yes, there’s another one coming! Whether you like the new series of Apes films or hate them, you do have to admit that the visuals are stunning and the mo-cap work done by Andy Serkis and co is consistently incredible.
I was sorely disappointed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The casting was off and the main story was disjointed. It’s only the last third of the film that interests me when the Apes get loose.
Ceaser was great but the rest of the film was a bit weak. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was worse, by a long way. My main problem is where did all the other Apes come from?! There can only have been 20-30 apes in the enclosure Ceaser broke out of and along the way they liberated a few more. There appear to be thousands of them now and building a huge tree city and enough for an army.
The speed at which the disease spread in between the films was ridiculous and the apes are still primitive enough that they shouldn’t pose a threat to the remaining humans. I guess this is one of the points that the film plays on, the humans under-estimate the apes and it is their downfall.
The final fight between Caeser and Kobo tries to be the traditional boss fight that most action films have these days but it just feels like watching a couple of apes going mental in a zoo! I had fun watching the film but I spent most of my time wanting the humans to be wiped out instead of worrying about the internal battle amongst the apes!
Hopefully then, the next instalment will be an improvement. According to the recently released synopsis, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
It sounds pretty great and with the Colonel being played by Woody Harrelson, it stands to be violent, tense and visually amazing. Check out the NYCC teaser for the film and get hyped!
War for the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14, 2017.