Matt Reeves's apocalyptic Apes films have never really been typical sci-blockbusters. They've been much more than that, exploring the theme of morality with primitive creatures who gradually end up showing more signs of humanity than humans themselves. And in War for the Planet of the Apes, the final instalment of a thoughtful trilogy, dramatic action sequences and uncanny motion capture effects merely add an attractive front cover to what is essentially a Shakespearean-style tragedy.
Having spent the majority of the last film convincing fellow ape Koba (Toby Kebbell) to resist his blood-thirsty hatred of humans, Caesar, still haunted by visions of his former friend, finds himself motivated by a similar need for vengeance. It's here that Reeves shifts the focus of the film from all-out war to personal conflict, allowing Serkis to give his most emotive motion capture performance yet.
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