War for the Planet of
the Apes (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 140 minutes.
Most of these movies
have been pretty good, starting with the first one with Charlton Heston.
The story has changed over the years and now the Apes are the good guys.
In this one, the story is finally what appears to be Armageddon for the
Apes as bad guy U. S. Colonel (Woody Harrelson) is out to get good guy
Ape, Caesar (Andy Serkis), who has led his Apes to a hiding place deep
in the forest.
As usual, the motion
capture technology presents the Apes as believable intelligent
creatures, although Caesar is the only one who can speak English. He is
a bilingual Ape who can speak English but also communicate with his
fellow Apes who just emit guttural noises.
Even though itís
very long, it is entertaining throughout.