From what little I have read War for the Planet of the Apes is the final installment of this series. I am happy to say that it is full of action and tension. Andy Serkis returns as Cesar, the leader of a band of apes who are camped outside the forest of San Francisco. The bad guy in this, The Colonel is played by Woody Harrelson. His mission, as he sees it, is to wipe out all of the apes.
The story line moves along very nicely and the photography is very well done. The CGI effects are also very good. Without giving anything away, I have to comment that there are not many speaking roles in this movie. There are quite a few subtitles, however, which are used when the apes who cannot speak human communicate with each other. There are some new characters. One of these is “Bad Ape” (Steve Zahn) who once lived in a zoo. He provides a bit of comic relief but he is also very sympathetic.
Maurice (Karin Konoval), Cesar’s orangutang adviser, is played well and portrays the peacemaker of the group convincingly. General Koba from the second installment makes occasional appearances, but only as a reminder to Cesar when he feels guilty about something. By the end of the film, the audience sees how Cesar became the revered leader of all apes as portrayed in the original Planet of the Apes movies.
All things considered, I give this film 5 stars out of 5. The only thing that annoyed me was the recap of the previous two films. The print was so small.