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War for the Planet of the Apes – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  July 14, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  2 hour 20 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  9.2 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third movie in the franchise and the best of the three.  If you have not seen the previous movies, I suggest you do as this movie references characters and story lines that one will want to be familiar with to understand who the apes are and why the humans are hostile.

Caesar, the leader of the apes, is being hunted by humans lead by The Colonel (Woody Harrelson).  He must decide between his own quest or that to save his people.  Human kind is as fractured a species as are these advanced apes and the two clash to save their own kind.

What works:  Amazing cgi of the apes.  When there are closeups of the apes, the innate detail has the viewer wondering if the image is of a true ape or completely computer generated.  The motion of the apes appears true which furthers the complement to the cgi effects.  The story is well thought out and pulls the viewer into its world.  Outstanding character development, because you care about these characters or despise them.  The voice work is outstanding, although many times you are hearing ape grunts and coo’s.  Still, very believable.  You’ll pull for the humans and you’ll pull for the apes, you stay engaged in this film to the very end.

What doesn’t work:  When the cgi is on it is ON.  However, there are moments from afar that the cgi could have been a bit more refined.  It is a stretch to fault any of the cgi, but this is the only fault I found with this movie.

This is an outstanding movie.  I believe that War for the Planet of the Apes is the best movie of this summer, but it won’t be as financially successful compared to Spider-man: Homecoming due to the broader appeal Homecoming will have over this Apes movie.  Have no doubt that you will ride an emotional roller-coaster in this film and it is well worth the price of admission.  It is a wonderful installment in the trilogy of Apes movies and I hope they continue the franchise.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give War for the Planet of the Apes a 9.2.  It is worth seeing in the theater and a popcorn combo.  If you are on the fence about seeing this movie, take the chance and check it out.

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