War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes ★★★★

What a great comeback this was. War for the Planet of the Apes gets the franchise back on track, getting back to the themes of cyclical war and moral hypocrscies that made the original so great. I've mentioned before that I struggle to accept, let alone sympathize with, the CG-apes, and that was a significant struggle of mine in Dawn. There were so many scenes of them together, but the cut-aways to the humans' plot always came too soon. Here, I was finally able to get used to their look and way of emoting. The pacing is slow, perhaps too slow in the first hour, but no scene feels without purpose. Not all the emotional beats hit right for me, particularly in all the sequences that employed a tinkering piano score, but the horror on Caesar's face is easy to understand. It's exciting, it's tense, it's fasniating. 

(This would've been rated a few points higher if the little girl was developed a bit more, or if that Jar Jar Binks-equivalent Bad Ape had been developed much, much less.)

Rating: 74/100

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