With less than two weeks to its release, War Of The Planet of the Apes has gotten very positive reviews from early critics.
The movie’s plot reads: “Two years after the events of Dawn, the human military comes to kill Caesar (Andy Serkis). The botched assassination leaves the ape’s wife and son dead and any hope of peaceful coexistence in tatters. Consumed by rage and grief, Caesar sends his apes to safety and sets out on a personal quest for vengeance.”
IGN declared the movie — the third in the Planet of the Apes series — a “stunning victory”.
It currently has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie is receiving praise for both the very high quality of the visual effects, and the depth and strength of the story.
“The effects are incredible, the action is exciting, the music is great, and Andy Serkis, once again embodying a non-human character through motion-capture technology, remains terrific,” Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri wrote.
Lead actor Andy Serkis, who plays the lead ape Caeser, also received rave reviews for his performance.
“Along the way, Serkis once again turns in an award-worthy performance. It’s a cliché at this point, but the guy really does deserve an Oscar nomination, if not a win,” IGN added.
If it turns out to be the last Planet of the Apes movie, it will be a fitting end for what has been a great trilogy.
“Like its two predecessors, it has its flaws – and each entry has had unique ones – but overall, this is a trilogy that will stand as an example of how to remake and reimagine familiar material in a way that respects the original while also enhancing it,” The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde wrote.
ScreenRant’s Sandy Schaefer also wrote: “War for the Planet of the Apes is as satisfying a conclusion to Caesar’s journey as it is a compelling standalone, big-budget blockbuster experience.”