Do CGI Apes get Nominated for Oscars too?
Andy Serkis (Caesar) takes the lead in “War for the Planet of the Apes” and he does not disappoint! This is the third installment for the “Planet of the Apes”, directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. The prime mate’s story continues sometime after Caesar’s battle with the humans and Koba (Toby Kebbell). Caesar and his family are seeking new parts of the world to live in order to put as much distance between them and humans. But trying to keep his kind and his family safe while avoiding confrontation with humans is not possible.
The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), leader of a paramilitary faction known as the Alpha-Omega, has the sole desire to annihilate all apes, especially Caesar. But Caesar is not alone and is joined by his closest friends/supporters Maurice (Karin Konoval), Luca (Michael Adamthwaite), and Rocket (Terry Notary), as they prepare for battle with the ruthless Alpha-Omega to protect their kind. “War for the Planet of the Apes” almost feels like an apocalyptic spin on “The Three Musketeers”, but with apes. Bad Ape (Steve Zahn), who crosses paths with Caesar and his companions, is the comedic relief and paired nicely with the intensity Andy Serkis brings to the screen. On the other hand, Woody Harrelson never really disappoints but when the plot finally arrives I was like… oh… that’s it? I mean I get it but… I needed more emotion from Woody!
Overall, this movie is worth seeing, especially if you let your imagination run wild and get lost in the great acting from the lead characters who are apes, or should I say the CGI team who amazingly captured real emotion and masked it with a digital paintbrush. I almost forgot I was watching CGI and not a human, yet a human was playing the role! MIND BLOWN!