The Planet of the Apes franchise is back, and The Binge was at the premiere at MBO‘s latest addition – their flagship cinema in Starling Mall.
So, how did War for the Planet of the Apes fare? Keep reading to find out.
The rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise is interesting in that it goes out of its way to avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls of its predecessors. Yet, it seems to fall into pretty glaring plot holes all in the name of expediency.
This film seems to continue that trend without breaking stride.
Superficially, it is written as the final chapter in the bildungsroman progression of Caesar. If taken as just that, it is a pretty good ending for the central character. However, most of the second and third acts can best be described as a jumbled and inconsistent mess.
The film is quick to throw out one of the central tenets of Caesar that have been cultivated over the previous two films, using quite possibly the most well-worn cliche in films.
You half expect John Wick to turn up at some point.
That is not to say that the film is badly made, or boring. It touches enough action movie/Western tropes for it to at least be a serviceable popcorn movie.
The production values and technical prowess involved in bringing the spectacle to life is also undeniable. So if you just wanted to spend a Saturday afternoon looking at pretty pictures, you could do far worse.
But there are two major problems that you need to find some way get over before you can truly call this movie an enjoyable experience.
The first problem crops up when you notice that other than Caesar, all other characters are either meaningless blobs meant to conveniently advance the plot, or shout outs to the previous films. This is especially frustrating when you realize that the movie is actually constructed in this way because it assumes that you are already familiar with the previous incarnation of these characters.
The second problem is that the defining plot point of the aforementioned problematic middle portion of the film has absolutely no bearing on the actual finale of the story. It is almost as if you are watching another movie within a movie. So in a way, you are getting your money’s worth.
In all honesty, if you are a fan the Apes franchise you will watch this anyway. Even if it does verge on being criminally predictable. If you are not, then at worst, this will not make you want to seek out the previous movies.
On the whole, it felt like the gravitas that Caesar brings to the table did actually partially gloss over some of the problems that we’ve highlighted. For most people, that will be enough to consider the movie worth watching. – The Binge
We were invited to the Premier of this movie by MBO Cinemas for the launch of their flagship theatre in Starling Mall.
Photograph of the cinema is courtesy of Starling Mall.