Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes

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Source: Ars Technica

Never quite spurring on utter devastation, either emotionally or in fulfilling a true war, ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ still finds triumph in presenting the parable of Caesar, played perfectly by Andy Serkis, a performance for which he should win an Oscar (yes, that is a cliché that must be repeated). One may make the argument that what makes a human is their distinct ability of blurring both good and bad, and encompassing the range of feelings, motivations and intentions that come with such values. Caesar is a Christ-like figure of that such complexity, and his struggle between his own ambitions and his role as a protector is both beautiful and thought-provoking. This wider sense of ideological discussion is where this film succeeds, even if smaller more plot focussed moments suffer from contrived circumstances and an unbalanced pace. However, ultimately and unsurprisingly, this film’s greatest asset comes from its visual artistry, a truly breath-taking display of cinematic prowess, technical mastery and historical understanding. It the most visually spectacular film I have ever seen, not solely in terms of its motion capture, but in cinematography and raw absolute attention to detail.  4/5

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