The Movie: 8/10
Planet of the Apes has been in my movie world since I was a kid. I remember watching the original on late night TV, probably about 10 years after it was released in 68. I was born in 67, so I fell in love with Science Fiction at young age no doubt because of this little story of space, primates, and the Statue of Liberty (watch the original). I was hooked, and through the years and re-inventions, and animations, and TV shows, I’ve been a fan. I might not like every single attempt at someone telling my Apes’ stories, but I still support the whole world that comes with it.
For War for the Planet of the Apes I was primed and ready to stay on the journey we have been on with the newest retelling of this epic tale. The Apes want to live in peace up in the forest, but humans don’t really dig that they are as smart as us so there has to be a confrontation. I am on board with this story, it makes sense. I think after the whole planet of humans was decimated by the virus that came with these intelligent new improved version of primate species, the people are pissed and want to get rid of all the competition. The thing is, we have one rogue soldier guy who has decided he wants to go full Apocalypse Now on us and has his own agenda to annihilate our clever counterparts. He has a mission to save the humans from a new strain of the virus, the answers that question you asked when you watched the original original 1968 movie, “So why can’t humans talk or think anymore?” I really liked the idea of it, yet another way for humans to be set back on the evolutionary ladder to let our hairier cousins climb above us.
The cast is good, as always. We have Woody from Cheers being Marlon Brando, but he does his own thing and I liked it. We have our ape cast, all of whom convince me time and time again that they really exist and their emotions are handed up on a platter with the amazing technology of our movie making marvels of today. The girl who is the non-speaking human our band of apes add to their party is really good, even though she doesn’t speak, she does a lot of emoting with her expressions and I was rooting for her, concerned for her welfare, and convinced she could be the best of us (humans) as she would not be raised by the apes, but that’s for another movie 10 years from now.
Overall I enjoyed War for the Planet of the Apes and it was really a satisfying journey. I’m in the camp who want, in that fictional universe, for the apes to win and for all of human history to get flipped around, and for it to take thousands of years for it balance out again. THAT’s an epic tale I’m interested in for sure. I do think to truly appreciate it, and I might be in the minority here, but I think you need to watch all the original movies, and the Marky Mark version a few years ago, AND this new trio. I’m just saying, it’s such a rich and full world of stories to tell, and ways to tell it, that to appreciate it fully you need to have experienced it all to appreciate the conflict from all angles. Keep in mind, that would take you many hours, so if you choose to stick with the newest 3 flicks, go for it, have a marathon and ape it up!
- Deleted Scenes (23 Minutes) – With optional commentary from Director Matt Reeves these deleted scenes are mostly unfinished with actors in motion capture suits.
- Waging War For The Planet Of The Apes (30 Minutes) – An EPK style making of that is above average when it comes to these types of features.
- All About Caesar (12 Minutes) – Looking at all aspects of Caesar including Andy Serkis’s amazing motion capture work.
- WETA: Pushing Boundaries (11 Minutes) – This is easily some of the best CGI work in the entire industry and here we see true masters at work.
- Music For Apes (6 Minutes) – Recording of the epic score with Michael Giacchino.
- Apes: The Meaning Of It All (20 Minutes) – An Overview of the whole Apes franchise spanning back to 1968.
- The Apes Saga: An Homage (8 Minutes) – A look back at the classic films and how they relate to the new saga.
- Audio Commentary By Matt Reeves
- Concept Art Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
I like this cover. YES its shocking! It tells me what I need to know. I’m not a fan of the apes on horses in general, but I get it. This dude is the ape on a mission, on a direct collision course with the rogue human dude who wants to destroy him and his kind. I would have this as a poster, if I can find posters for all the other movies that I like as much.
Audio & Video: 10/10
War For The Planet Of The Apes comes to Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox and an incredible transfer that does WETA’s work justice. Encoded in 1080P with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and finished at 2k this is one of the best Blu-ray releases of 2017. A lot of the film takes place in the dark but the transfer does a great job of keeping detail evident in the shadows. Flesh tones are perfect and every hair on the apes is visible.
The DTS-HD Master Audio track is also very compelling. Flawless in its rendering it is an incredible feast for the ears. Special note goes to the opening FOX fanfare which is given an apes remix in surround sound. Dialog is centered and prioritized you will not find anything to complain about here.
Overall Score 8/10