6.5/10 20th Century Fox is trying to drum up some Oscar buzz for this movie and hope that it can garner a few nominations when they are announced early next year. I myself could definitely see/hope that it gets a nomination for its Visual Effects, which is one of the film’s best aspects. What is ironic however is that this is not even the best film in this trilogy. The second film, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was easily the best in the trilogy and only garnered one Oscar nomination (for Visual Effects, which it lost). Seems a far stretch to hope it will have much of an impact come Oscar season. I had high expectations for this film considering they kept Matt Reeves on as director after he directed the last Apes film. They even put the sequel three years after the last installment as opposed to the normal two-year gap that most film franchises have. This gave the film makers more time to work on it without being rushed. Even though I still recommend this film (especially if you saw/liked the other two), it felt disappointing to me. The biggest problem with this film is the balance. The second film perfectly balanced equal screen time and development with the ape characters and the human characters. This time around though, way more time is focused on the apes themselves, leaving the humans snubbed and pretty one note. The villain is the only real human character whom we see well developed. The other main human, a mute girl, gives a great performance but we don’t know anything about her on account of her being mute. That balance from the previous film missing paired with the run time (at almost 2 1/2 hours) runs a little long adds up to be slightly problematic. That being said, this is still a decent film worth watching. Woody Harrelson plays a memorable villain, which is a rarity these days. The acting across the board (ape and human) is excellent, with Andy Serkis once again proving why he is the king of motion capture performance. The action sequences are very well choreographed/shot and like the visual effects, the main production values are all top notch. The story also concludes on a solid note and is a worthy ending to this trilogy. If you enjoyed the first two films in this rebooted franchise, check this one out but don’t expect it to blow you away.
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