Being a blockbuster full of explosions doesn’t advertise War For The Plant Of The Apes’ profound underlying complexity, writes Alissa Wilkinson for Vox. It is phenomenally directed, providing both bombastic action as well as thorough social commentary on human nature. Religion is ever-present with strong references to Egypt’s enslavement of the Jews. The movie covers countless themes, none more than prejudice and humanity’s inclination towards it. Fantastic acting by its cast shines through, even Andy Serkis’ quality in portraying an ape can be seen beyond the CGI. Together it creates an epic that is both intelligent and highly entertaining.
The latest movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise starts well, but its pretty visuals don’t manage to hold together an unpolished plot, asserts Leonardo Paley of UNF Spinnaker. Woody Harrelson’s character is distractingly similar to Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now, a movie that is mirrored too heavily. Altogether it falls short as a finale to the trilogy that rebooted the series, failing to live up to the drama built up by its two predecessors. A slowdown in pace drags the film off course and creates a disjointed narrative. It doesn’t manage to create a satisfying climax to a rich film series, unable to create a plot to match its cinematography.