By Travis Trombley
This thread, thankfully one of many of similar quality, illustrates the heart and intelligence of the film’s script and the exceptional technical skill of the filmmakers.
War for the Planet of the Apes knows exactly what it wants to be about, and that alone sets it apart from much of the summer blockbuster fare. Concluding the Apes prequel trilogy, Reeves’ War employs biblical and historical images to interrogate ideas like human nature, prejudice, leadership, and the notion of community. It asks - as have all the installments - what separates a sentient animal from something more wild? Or rather, what separates a moral creature from something lesser, and why being the former is preferable to the latter.
In short, it’s incredible - an impressive blend of spectacle, thoughtful imagery, historical awareness, subtle humor, and thematic grounding. A great story told by a masterful storytellers - directors, actors, and special effects artists included.