War for the Planet of the Apes: Looking Beyond the Human race


It was first Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) then, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and now, War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). From the days of the first instalment in the trilogy of the Planet of the Apes, I have always been amused by the idea of an ape that could do everything a human could do. Why? I have always been a fan of Michael Crichton’s Congo, a novel about a gorilla that could use sign language to communicate. Of course, that was what Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes started with –  sign language before a scientific experiment gone wrong gave him the ability to speak, and like humans.

A movie about talking apes and gun toting apes, War for the Planet of the Apes is that movie that got me amused all the way through. This third instalment in the franchise sees Caesar (a baby ape in the first instalment) as the protagonist, an ape unwilling to fight humans who may have been the cause of their own downfall. But the graphical representation of the feelings reflected on the faces of these animals, particularly Caesar, by the producer of the movie is worthy of respect. It was spectacular.

The humans in Dawn for the Planet soon got jealous that as they got weaker and their species got on the brink of extinction, the apes became stronger, completely immune to whatever disease was bent on wiping out the human race. This resulted in the humans trying to wipe out the ape species. There’s a twist however, the humans were still fighting amongst themselves, bent on wiping each other out. But I guess that’s a natural thing – humans have been fighting one another from time immemorial.

It appears that the writer may be sympathetic to apes after all because the movie ends with an avalanche completely engulfing the human race while the apes survive and the world becomes a Planet of the Apes. But what about the only human, a girl who survived and who couldn’t talk but only make signs like the apes? Perhaps, there may be a fourth instalment that may be titled, Dusk of the Planet of the Apes where the humans may win their planet back but that’s not for me to say. If you like to see talking apes and gun toting apes, then this movie is for you. It’s not a bad movie at all.


Movie Rating: 6/10

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