‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Review: The Perfect Ending To An Incredible Trilogy

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War for the Planet of the Apes was the perfect ending to what has been an outstanding trilogy. Much like the previous two films (Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), the CGI was absolutely mind-blowing! It’s movies like these that remind us just how far the film industry has come. Director Matt Reeves did an excellent job. From the incredible battle scenes to the beautiful written story, War for the Planet of the Apes is a strong addition to the Planet of the Apes franchise – a must watch for anyone that’s a fan of the films.

Andy Serkis’ portrayal of Caesar is amazing, one that deserves to be applauded. Over the span of the past three films, Caesar’s growth has been nothing short of spectacular. From learning to speak, to leading an army of apes, his journey really is something special. I have a feeling he’ll go down as one of the action genre’s greatest heroes. I know that may sound a little premature, but once you see this film, you’ll understand why.

War for the Planet of the Apes begins two years after the last film. Caesar and his tribe have been on the run ever since, trying to stay one step ahead of an army of humans. The army is lead by the Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson — a man that wants nothing more than to rid the world of Apes. It’s because of this that Caesar is pushed to the brink, not knowing what to do next. As he grows increasingly angry and tired of all the fighting and death, his mind starts to become his greatest obstacle yet.

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I would also like to note how much I enjoyed the continued evolution of Cornelia, played by Judy Greer. Much like Caesar, she really comes full circle during this movie. Reeves did an excellent job creating characters that were so lifelike and memorable, much like ‘Bad Ape’, – a newcomer played by Steve Zahn. Bad Ape is a chimp that escaped a human facility during the first outbreak. His comedic timing brought a refreshing element to a series that lacks humor. I also thought the film did a tremendous job of introducing another newcomer, Amiah Miller. In the film, she plays a girl named Nova, a human child that cannot speak, has no family and is taken-in by Caesar, Cornelia and the rest of the tribe. Her character was a wonderful addition to the franchise, representing everything that is good – the light of the movie, if you will.

Matt Reeves really got my attention with this one. While it wasn’t a perfect film, the story was incredibly touching and for a moment, had me a little choked up. Reeves proved once again that he’s more than capable of directing a movie that is both entertaining and emotionally moving. This has me excited, because as the new director of The Batman, (now that Ben Affleck has stepped down) Reeves appears to be at the top of his game – something Batman fans should feel pretty happy about.

As mentioned earlier, I thought this movie did an excellent job of providing fans with closure. I think it is everything fans will be hoping for. While some scenes did seem to drag on, I think the addition of new characters, from Nova to the Colonel, set this movie apart from the previous two. The movie had a great story, memorable battles and well timed humor – What more do you want?


I would definitely recommend checking this one out. If you haven’t already, watch the first two films and then watch this one. I’m telling you, Caesar’s journey is one for the ages.

Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

Riley is the Managing Editor of Goliath. When he's not at the movie theatre or binging some new tv series, he likes to spend his time shooting hoops and play MTG. He doesn't like 'Breaking Bad,' loves 'The Simpsons,' hates mayonnaise, and has been repping the Toronto Raptors since '95. Follow him on IG and Twitter @moviemanjones.