War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves
Based on: Pierre Boulle‘s novel
Sequel to: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Cast: Andy SerkisWoody HarrelsonSteve ZahnKarin KonovalAmiah MillerTerry NotaryTy OlssonMichael AdamthwaiteToby KebbellGabriel ChavarriaJudy Greer
Seen on: 16.8.2017

Caesar (Andy Serkis) just wants to live in peace with his group of apes and his family. But the humans are still hunting them. Especially the army troop led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) are not prepared to let any of the apes live, no matter how secluded. After a particularly gruesome attack that strikes at the very heart of Caesar and his apes, Caesar snaps: no longer will he try to resolve things peacefully. Instead he will get his revenge.

War for the Planet of the Apes was okay, despite some serious issues. But it’s nothing that will stay in my mind for very long – or at all.

WotPotA is a visually impressive movie – the CGI really is something else and the apes look great. But that’s really the only reason why watching this film should be at all worthwhile.

The story it tells is surprisingly biblical, and unsurprisingly sexist. Although… to be fair, the amount of sexism was actually astounding. For some reason they decided that the ape society is a heteronormative, patriarchal USAmerican society of the 50s – reinforcing the idea that this is the “natural state of things”. The, I think, two ape women there are, are not allowed to do anything but look after the children. The one female human (a girl) is a silent, wide-eyed plaything.

But the film isn’t content with just being sexist. It’s also ableist as fuck and with Bad Ape’s (Steve Zahn) unfortunate choice of clothing, it is borderline racist, too. And if that isn’t enough to warn you off the film, there are also quite a few stretches of the film that are incredibly long and boring.

At least Bad Ape (vest or no vest) and Maurice (Karin Konoval) were sweet characters. But that’s far from enough to make this film anything other than lackluster and making me wish they’d stop it with this series already.

Summarizing: Can be easily skipped.

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