Begins with a startling, atmospheric, and almost frightening reintroduction to the explosive warfare between man and ape. The excitement quickly devolves into a simplistic, over-explained slog. Could Harrelson's character have been more of a caricature? In the end, no amount of incredible CGI can save a dull and predictable story. Maybe the war was really between more action or an engaging story. Stalemate?
Is there any current tentpole franchise with a bigger gap between the preposterousness of its premise and the somber mood of its presentation? Remarkable, then, how often this brooding crowd-pleaser gets away with it. Parts truly caught me off guard, and there's something about watching CGI creations reach new heights of photorealism while semi-rooting for the end of our own species that feels so very 2017.
What Rupert Wyatt accomplished on the first movie, Matt Reeves never achieved with his two installments and that's a shame because he had much more resources to carry on the good work. For me this movie was quite slow on every level. It never convinced me, never make me belive the cause of every side. The Colonel was one of dumbest and annoying villains i've seen in the last decade. The ending was weak. 5/10.
A riveting and emotional finale to one of the best film trilogies. While it does not rival DOTPOTA in sheer spectacle the themes of redemption, forgiveness, revenge and unity rings true and give the film a texture and urgency many movies this year lacked. And considering the right wing fascist sub text here it is also a movie that is political and current. If only all block busters were this ambitious. 4.5 stars.
Bookended by heavy battles (the opening is an actual achievement), but centers on Caesar in a classic revenge tale given new life with an Ape perspective. That perspective might be what manages to rekindle the ineffable magic of 80s - 90s classics, something missing this millenium, but it's also dark, treading into noir territory at points. There's no Zimmer in the score either - just sweet, sweet fantasy melodies.