This could genuinely be the beginning of a long line of serious natured films featuring animation at their heart
As the third installment in the franchise. War For The Planet Of The Apes opens with Ceasar’s family is attacked in their own home. Stricken by grief, he sets out on a journey of revenge with only his closest allies. Yet, as he reaches his target, he is captured, and to complete his mission, he must first escape.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is effectively an adventure film. Set out as a journey more than a war, it feels incredibly close to a western feature with its sweeping shots, fast horseback scenes, and a general sense of quiet foreboding. However, the CGI nature of the piece makes it all the more impressive. Very rarely does a blockbuster, reliant so heavily on CGI, manage to not only evoke strong emotions, but portray them outwardly as well.
Andy Serkis brings his incredible physical performance to the role again, in a film which does become the best in the franchise. He manages to embody Ceasar in a powerful yet heartfelt way, and there is certainly a strong connection to the original films allowing the continuity to flow effortlessly. The film grows beautifully into itself and ultimately showcases the wide range of talent being used within its creation.
This is a film of incredible quality from its beginning to its end. With a strong and flowing script, decisive and intircate direction and cutting edge graphics, War For The Planet Of The Apes is a blockbuster like no other. This could genuinely be the beginning of a long line of serious natured films featuring animation at their heart. Only last month Okja was released with a similar style, and perhaps this is the next step along.