I came back to the the Apes quite recently, having seen the original film back in the day, the TV series, the cartoon..I mean, how many apes do you need? The one with Helena Bonham Carter was OK but nothing spesh…so the reboot series caught me by surprise. Bought in a 6 for a fiver second hand DVD clear out, Twang Jr negotiated that the twofer set of the first two films counted as one, so they cost a fraction of a quid – and they are brilliant. Telling the story of how the original ape dominance of the planet happened, “War for the Planet of the apes” picks up the story as groups of renegade and lawless humans fight back against the simian hoards and also against each other.
Studiously avoiding spoilers, the film is thoughtful and quite deep, with some glaring nudges to the ribs moments too (who, exactly, is the animal in this scenario…?) with plenty of action to keep the 13 year old in the group happy too. The ending neatly links to the start of the original film, and in google land you can find nerdy analyses plotting all the manifestations of apery into a time line showing how they join together. It looks great, and given the unavoidable need for CGI there’s little of that woozy shaky thing it does which always bugs me (I’m talking to you, Mr. Spielberg).
It’s exciting, only has a few unavoidable plot holes, gives cause for a moment’s thought and was perfect for a rainy sunday afternoon when I intended to be at Folk by the Oak.
All ages, all seemed to enjoy it.
It made me think..
I don’t really have to rewatch the original ones now do I? Apes together, apes strong!