War for the Planet of the Apes is the third and final film in this popular trilogy that raises the bar in all aspects.
The first of the trilogy, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) was a surprisingly good movie that brought the franchise to life with its glorious storytelling and visuals. The second “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014) lost some of the appeal and grandeur of the first with a weaker script and direction.
This is probably why the third installment has been such a surprising hit and a welcome return to form for the franchise.
The story takes places a few years after the events of the second installment and humanity has further declined into abyss with society crumbling.
“The Colonel” (Woody Harrleson) is intent on finding the leader of the apes Caesar (Andy Serkis) and after a devastating attack Caesar instructs his son Cornelius to find and kill The Colonel.
From here the movie becomes one of vengeance with the leader of the apes having to deal with his own animal instints as well as having being a leader.
The movie boasts thrilling action scenes and beautiful animations that bring the movie to life. The Directing in this movie is a step above the last film and Woody Harrleson proves he still has star power with an impressively raw performance.
The battle scenes in this third installment are epic and emotionally charged creating many tense scenes that resonate with the audience.
Michael Giacchino’s musical score in this movie is phenomenal and really brings to life the emotions and atmosphere of the movies world.
The script here is a huge improvement on the last film and never a dull moment keeping things interesting and moving throughout the entire film.
The movie did feel like it was starting to drag a little towards the final third which is also where most of the epic scenes are to be found. However this is a small issue that most movies of this scale are inclined to have.
Overall this is a very impressive entry for Director Matt Reeves who addresses all the problems of the previous movie and brings an emotionally charged and visually stunning end to the trilogy.