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Saturday, July 29, 2017

THE APES HAVE IT

 
THE APES HAVE IT

War for the Planet of the Apes may not be the best movie I've seen all year, but I have to admit it's close. It is certainly the only 'summer blockbuster,' other than the reigning queen of action Wonder Woman, to fully deliver on its premise and promise.

Combining breathtaking special effects, fantastic costuming, amazing performances from Andy Serkis (Caesar), Steve Zahn (Bad Ape), and newcomer Ahmia Miller (Nova), and a powerful, poignant narrative, War for the Planet of the Apes concludes this rebooted trilogy on a powerful-and truly blockbuster-bang.

With its allusions to Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, the Bible, American slavery, and the civil-rights movement, War may not be subtle in presenting its ethical dilemmas, but it's ultimate proof summer sequels and blockbusters don't have to be brain-dead, time wasting, exercises in futility.

On a final note, I can't say enough about the performance of Andy Serkis in the lead role of Caesar, the ape whose display of intelligence, emotion, and 'humanity' is Oscar worthy.

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