My favourite film length, without doubt, is 1hr45 – 2hrs. Anything over that and I start to get a bit fidgety. So when I saw that War For The Planet Of The Apes was 2h20, I panicked a bit….
Luckily, my worry was unfounded. Carrying on from the last film, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar needed to keep his family and his fellow apes safe from the clutches of the evil humans.
If you don’t want any spoilers, I’d probably read this after you’ve watched the film….but if you don’t mind, then please continue!
Caesar has historically not wanted to hurt or kill humans, showing that he offers empathy and mercy to people that he otherwise could’ve killed. But in this film, the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), makes this quite hard for him to do.
Caesar, time and time again, doesn’t kill the Colonel when he has the chance, and in return is tortured and left for dead by the humans, who have also captured the entire ape colony along the way.
The story culminates (there’s a lot in between that I don’t want to spoil for you!), with the apes having found a new place to live, and Caesar……
Following his death, the film ands, and it leaves us wondering a few things:
- Will there ever be another Planet of the Apes film?
- Who will bring up Caesar’s little ape boy, Cornelius, after the Colonel killed Caesar’s wife and son?
- How the hell did Maurice learn to talk, and why did he wait until Caesar’s dying moment to impart this amazing revalation!?
With so many unanswered questions, could there be a new Planet of the Apes film in a few years? We certainly hope so, but I’m not sure it would be the same without Caesar!