Robert’s Reviews: War for the Planet of the Apes

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the conclusion to the prequel trilogy to the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes. This film follows Caesar, a highly intelligent ape trying to get revenge on a man that did something awful to him, which leads to a War that will dictate what species will land on top. Click the link below to watch the review! (This is the last week that Sweeney Todd, the theatrical production I am a part of at Shasta College, so make sure to get your tickets and come see it!)

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 15-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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3 Responses

  1. Steve Steve says:

    I’m sorry to see you didn’t give this movie a higher rating.  I hope to see it soon.  I’m not only looking to see how realistic the apes are, but I’m hoping Woody Harrelson fulfills this role.  I’ve always been a fan of Woody.  I was lucky enough to attend 2 of the last 5 recordings of “Cheers”.  They filmed the 5th and 3rd to the last back to back.  While there, I was fortunate to get Woody’s autograph on set.  Woody was as cool as his character Woody.  If the stars align, I’ll get to see the movie tomorrow.  I’ll be looking for issues you pointed out.

  2. Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

    Hey, Robert.  I just got home from War For The Planet of the Apes.  To answer you ending question, I thought it was better than you did.  Although, you outlined many of the movie’s strengths.  I LOVED IT!  You’ve renewed my interest in the trilogy.  When I saw the original Planet of the Apes, I was only 18 and thought it was great.  But it’s nothing compared to how technology has evolved.  I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes when it came out, and I had a hard time getting into it.  But you got me so focused on this movie, I was probably more intense in my concentration and need to put that focus into the other movies.  I loved Caesar!  He was the most intense character.  All the apes were extremely creative characters.  Expressions of the apes were OUTSTANDING.  I was amazed at the range of emotion they were able to express.  Caesar’s range covered every emotion.  Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar for this.  His eyes told the whole story.  But he’ll be lucky if he gets a nomination.  He’s so deserving.  I thought the emotion in this movie was INCREDIBLE!  LOVE was one of the themes.  I thought it was the strongest theme throughout by the apes which definitely made them more compassionate like a human.  The musical score I thought was spot on.  It was pounding and dark at appropriate times, and it was soft and soothing when it needed to be.  I never felt it let me down by building me up to something that didn’t happen.  I thought the whole movie was happening!  My only criticism of the plot was with Woody.  Since I’m such a Woody Cheers fan, it was hard for me not to think of his lovable character and his kindness in giving me his autograph.  I thought he looked good, but a stronger, meaner character would’ve worked better.  Yet, I understand the softer side of the Colonel.  Hence …  Woody.  Also, I zeroed in on the faces.  CGI was magical.  I thought the facial expressions captured the mood and emotion of the movie and tugged at my heart strings.  But Andy’s eyes were radiating emotion throughout.  Woody was okay, but Andy Serkis was amazing.  I loved the contrast of the dark apes with the orangutan Maurice and Red.  And the others like Rocket and Winter added color with developed characters of meaning.  Bad Ape I really liked.  Steve was mesmerizing, also.  I understand your annoyance with Bad Ape as it did seem a little too much at times …  yet it also felt appropriate to me.  It didn’t get overbearing.  It was just enough, yet still a little out of place.  But I liked it.  His humor wasn’t because he had a comical personality … he was just kind of a ‘goof’ character.  So whatever he did seemed to work for me.  And he added diversity.  The noses – CGI.  Each nose of the apes was unique and gave each ape part of it’s amazing character.  Their noses added a subtle draw into the characters.  Caesar had the most profound nose and his ape shape was absolutely perfect as the noble and humble leader.  Great character!  I didn’t see only Caesar’s death coming at the end.  I thought they might all die.  But Caesar, like Brigham Young, lead his apes to the Promised Land.  I didn’t want to see him die.  But I guess it was necessary.  Nah!  He could’ve lived.  Karin Konoval as Maurice was captivating, too.  I really got involved with this movie on another dimension.  I haven’t come out of the movie theater feeling a little zoned out since Hacksaw Ridge.  But you caused me to focus so hard, I really opened my mind and got into every moment of the film.  And I thought almost every moment was perfect.  This is one of my favorite movie’s now.  Thank you.  I must see all the Ape movies, follow the complete story, and be as open.  As far as War for the Planet of the Apes goes, I have to give this movie a 10 and say: Hail Caesar!

  3. Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

    Now I understand the trilogy.  I just watched the first two movies.  I was able to enjoy Rise this time since I knew Caesar as an adult ape.  War was a far better movie, however.  Dawn was perhaps as good as War.  Watching a movie at home doesn’t compare to the big screen and sound system.  CGI was noticeably better in Dawn than Rise.  Overall, I’d have to say War is the best of the 3 movies.  Thanks for getting me interested in the trilogy.  I really enjoyed it.  And i wonder if Caesar actually died in War?  Maybe the movie only left him unconscious?  If there truly is a #4, I wonder if Caesar would reappear?  Planet of the Apes wouldn’t be the same without Caesar.  Hail Caesar!


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