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War for the Planet of the Apes - Movie Review

Verdict - "Emotionally Riveting!"

Serving as the last installment of the coveted Planet of the Apes franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes saw the return of Andy Serkis (the caesar of Motion Capture) and director Matt Reeves (soon to direct The Batman starring Ben Affleck) and also stars Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn and Amiah Miller in supporting roles.

Advancing after the incidents of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which are still haunting in Caesar's reverie), Caesar's clan is now at war with a military group known as Alpha Omega led by their Colonel (Woody Harrelson) who is blatantly aggressive to end the existence of the Apes tribe from planet Earth for various unknown reasons.

With a mighty 140-minute running time, Matt Reeves proved to be an exceptional storyteller by taking the time to develop the character of Caesar remarkably. His relationship with his family and tribe, his incredible leadership skills, his perspective on humans and his ghastly memories surrounding his former adversary Koba were all showcased masterfully and Andy Serkis did a terrific job by portraying the character of Caesar in a film that is more ape-centric.

Regarding few negatives, the pacing of the movie is a little on the slower side at times, the storyline is quite predictable and with a movie with a 140-minute runtime mainly centered on developing the emotional side of the characters, it's understandable that the film is, for the most part, slow-paced.

Overall, War for the Planet of the Apes is a solid conclusion for one of the best franchises in recent years. Although this is my least favorite film when compared to the other two, it is an amazing emotional film that gave us a finer outlook on the character of Caesar as a dad, leader and an emotive individual.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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