‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Film Review: Monkey Business

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Film Review Monkey Business

War For The Planet Of The Apes is the third and final instalment of the most recent Planet Of The Apes saga. It was the least enjoyable out of the other three films. There, I said it. Whilst it was still miles better than your average action flick, I was expecting a lot more from a film that promised an all out war. The film shows Caesar and his apes, attempting to survive in an apocalyptic virus-ridden world, with men such as Woody Harrelson out to get them.

A Trilogy Coming To An End

Despite the film not quite living up to expectation, it is still well and truly a Planet Of The Apes film! As always the acting and the CGI were second to none. Andy Serkis was brilliant in War For The Planet Of The Apes, as Caesar’s transition in behaviour across the films has been so well portrayed. The digital effects used to bring the monkeys to life was the best it’s ever been for sure. Every piece of hair and face contour was so refined with such incredible detailing.

I think one of the main reasons this third film was a disappointment should be partly be credited to the fact that the other two were just so damn good! In some ways, I feel that War For The Planet Of The Apes could have been the second instalment, with the battle at the end of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes being a more fiery and suitable end to the trilogy.

A Couple Of Banana Skins

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Film Review Monkey Business Bad Ape

Whilst War For The Planet Of The Apes was a pretty epic film, there are a few shortcomings which made it less entertaining as the other two films in the trilogy.

  • A Lack of ‘War’ – whilst a 2+ hours flick of monkeys with machine guns wouldn’t be exactly what I’m after, WFTPOTA rarely delved into some of the action scenes it could have. The opening scene and the invasion of the Apes’ home was epic, was I hoping for more throughout, but was pretty disappointed with the concluding ‘fight’.
  • Trudging Through Snow – the middle sector was arguably a little slow, with Caesar and his inner circle tracking the humans through the snow. I feel that meeting Bad Ape and Nova took a little too long. Bad Ape was just OK, but I didn’t feel like the comedy value was particularly needed, but maybe that’s just me.
  • Missed Opportunities – one aspect of the film focused on the reverse effect of the Simian Flu virus. Whilst the virus made apes intelligent, it can also remove the ability for humans to speak. What could have been an integral and more focused theme didn’t really seem to mean much at the end of the film.
  • Too Much Talking – I get that these apes are super intelligent and all, but I really felt that dialogue should have been kept to a minimum. It was really bizarre to have monkeys other than Caesar breaking into full sentences. Maurice should not have said so much at the end, and that’s final.

How I’d Have Done It Better

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Film Review Monkey Business Caesar

Firstly, I would have made so much more of the Simian Flu reverse effects. Whilst the whole prisoner camp situation was pretty unnerving anyway, how much darker would it have been to have humans yet again testing on monkeys for a Simian Flu cure? I often felt characters in the film lacked motive, and this would have been a much more sinister, yet more interesting situation.

So, with the world ending and humans simply deciding to continue blowing each other up, I thought it all sounded too simplistic. With the invading army winning the less than 5-minute battle, I thought we were going to have a huge reveal. Was so hoping that the invading army was going to be apes. It would have made so much more sense why both sides were so willing to fight. But alas, It was not to be and the army was simply swept away in an avalanche.


There’s my review of War For The Planet Of The Apes, so where’s yours. If you’ve got a review or an opinion to share, then please comment below! Always look forward to seeing what others think!

One response to “‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Film Review: Monkey Business

  1. While I enjoyed this movie more than you, I agree with your general argument about “Um, is there going to be an actual war in this war for the planet of the apes movie?” and appreciate your conclusion laying out what you would have done differently.

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