War for the Planet of the Apes – The STiXXclusive Review

Ah, war…what is it good for? Not much, but that’s a bigger discussion because in the factual sense of the world, Wars were needed to preserve civilizations from great harm, and lord knows how the world would look if the wars of decades & centuries past didn’t result in the ways they did. But we don’t live in a world of ‘ifs,’ but in fact we just live in the moment and see what’ll happen when it happens. Evolution is inevitable, because innovation still exists. There will still be areas that’ll need improvement, and that includes the state of the inhabitants of this here Planet Earth. Now, in this trilogy, which has been one of the stronger ones in recent memory (Dark Knight, Bourne, Toy Story, Lord of the Rings, Matrix), we have seen how evolution’s process can’t be tampered with without consequence. The evolution of how Caesar’s leadership has seen great victory & defeat, the final phase of evolution must come extinction – but for who? In this world full of Apes & Humans, and with co-existing not being a viable option anymore, it’s a battle for survival more than ever.

Now, I go back to the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes, and to see where the revived trilogy has brought so much life is in the ‘humanizing’ of the Apes. They could have easily went the route of portraying Caesar & crew as some savages with no concept of moral values, but as the constant clashes with humans evolved over the previous two movies, it was a question of what was going to happen in the end where one species had to cancel the other out. Human error made the Apes a more formidable species, so it’s really their fault why this all happened in the first place (thanks guys – great job). I don’t know what it’ll take for Andy Serkis to receive an Oscar before his eventual Lifetime Achievement Award, because he did an amazing job over the course of the trio, including the finishing act. The relationship between Caesar & Maurice was a highlight for me, because regardless of their differences of opinion in the post-Koba world they live in, the bond didn’t break. Woody Harrelson plays a great bad guy all the time, because he has that demeanor of an asshole that just makes it effortless to portray. That was emphasized in his ultra-G.I Joe role for War.

What needs to be appreciated about this trilogy (which I feel will stand the test of time years later) is that the storylines were consistent and didn’t deviate to be overly dramatic or predictable in a sense where it wasn’t enjoyable to watch. Now, the 3rd movie has undertones that allude to slavery and racial tensions that are current in the present day, and also political themes that aren’t so subtle (let’s just say a ‘wall’ is involved). Undoubtedly, this is a movie that needs your attention that is a nice break some the flash and bang of the domination of superhero movies out there. But for now, this is my opinion, this is my review,

That’s My Word & It STiXX

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