War for the Planet of the Apes (Mat Reeves, 2017) 5/5
Matt Reeves conclusion to the extremely successful rebooted Planet of the Apes cannon is a triumph. Crossing the boundary between Science Fiction and the War genre, this concluding film is spectacular.
Continuing where we left of with Dawn, Ceasar (Andy Serkis) is leading his band of merry primates in the forest within a hidden retreat. However, danger is upon them in the form of The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a tyrannical leader of a sect of the American Army.
As the film progresses, there are stellar fight sequences, breath taking cinematography (thank you, Michael Seresin) and hard hitting themes that are handled with great sensitivity through Reeves’ and Mark Bomback’s screenplay.
When it was announced that there was a reboot of this franchise in the works in 2011, I was sceptical based on the amount of failed projects with the same agenda. However, what have made these films different is that there was a measured and assured narrative that understood how to make parralels with real life conflicts. Not only war, but genocide and the plight of animal rights. Within this final instalment, communication becomes an integral part of the story whereby the virus has regressed the human population of their ability to speak. This is relayed through the introduction of the character Nova, a little girl who has lost her speech.
In essence this trilogy has been clever, on the button and bends the expectations of genre and special effects. The strength of War lies not only in the aforementioned, but it’s unwavering attempt to portray any type of aggresion as wrong and that compassion still plays a vital role in our current society.