Think of every injustice that has been brought upon minority groups. Think of the wars we fought to end injustice and to protect our country or “our people”. War for the Planet of the Apes is a combination of bits and pieces from each war or injustice.
Matt Reeves did a fantastic job at gaining the audience’s sympathy for the Apes. The movie introduced us to where we left off with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Koba died and Caesar has been leading the Apes. He wants to live peacefully in the forest but Woody Harrelson, The Colonel, wants the Apes annihilated! He sends troops to kill. Their first mission is unsuccessful and the Apes are able to use arrows to take many of the soldiers down and Caesar sent The Colonel a peace offering of the soldiers who survived. The Colonel did not care and sent secret operatives to kill Caesar’s family. This of course enrages Caesar and war begins. The Apes unsuccessfully run away while Caesar and a few of his advisors go hunt for The Colonel for revenge.
The large group of Apes are captured by the soldiers and are placed in a concentration camp with forced labor and no food or water. Meanwhile, Caesar and crew fall upon a camp with a man and a little girl. This little girl joins the crew and ends up being Caesar’s angel later in the movie. Their trip leads them to meet Bad Ape, an ape from a local zoo who survived an attack. They finally come upon the camp where the Apes are being held. Caesar is captured and his advisors devise a plan to rescue all the captured Apes.
Bad Ape adds humor throughout the movie that you can’t help but to laugh out loud. He reminds me of Dobby from Harry Potter movies. Silly, timid and unsure makes you want to follow more of his adventures.
Nova, the little girl, cannot speak. We find out mid way through the movie why some humans cannot speak. She is a beautiful little girl that has a big heart to help others even if it means risking her life.
The historical parallels are unreal! Arrow warfare, chemical warfare, concentration camps, dictator who commits suicide, the little girl helping the Apes, Caesar standing up for his kind, and many other parallels throughout the movie. It allowed the audience to view these events through the eyes of the Apes.
War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes is not the movie of the summer but I would recommend seeing it in theaters.
Did you think this movie parallels our history books?