I really liked War For The Planet Of The Apes, though it currently sits on the bottom when ranking the trilogy and I found it overall underwhelming, it has made its way into my top ten and I really want to watch it again. Nevertheless, I do think it would benefit from some small changes. Here they are…
When Caesar, Maurice, Rocket and Luca first come across Nova, she is by herself with one other person who I am supposing is her dad. Caesar has no choice but to kill the man/ her dad as he immediately pulls a gun on his friends. Then when they look after Nova and she sees the dead man/ her dead father and seems completely ok with it. It would have been so interesting to see her hate the apes and refuse to go with them because of them killing her carer, but then seeing her learn to love the apes as they care for her, as Bad Ape makes her laugh and through their similarities as she has the mutated simian flu.
2. Have a War
The main problem with War For The Planet Of The Apes was that we didn’t see a War For The Planet Of The Apes. We saw a battle yes but no sign of a war. If we had the apes get captured by the AO soldiers, there could’ve been a good third act where Nova leads Caesar, Maurice, Rocket and Luca to her camp where there are loads of people with the mutated simian flu. Caesar could find out they have been fighting with the AO for a long time. This could be the war and Caesar will join with them to fight against the AO camp and rescue his friends.
1. Caesar’s Death
Caesar’s death came out of nowhere to me and only on reflection was I able to think how his wound came about. Instead of him simply getting hit by an arrow, never applying any focus to the wound and then dying from the wound (which seems to come out of nowhere) hours later, have a large branch from the avalanche plunge into him and keep him down when the avalanche strikes. The apes will find him and carry him to their new home where Caesar would die looking out onto paradise, holding his son in his arms, surrounded by Maurice and all his other friends… all his family.
And as for what happened to Nova’s people in the avalanche, maybe they all died in it, being unable to get to the trees and climb them like the apes were, making the victory not much of a victory at all. Nova will have survived as she would have had help from an ape. But yeah. I just think the film could have been better with these changes but on reflection I really want to see this film again.
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War For The Planet Of The Apes – Mini Review (Spoiler Free):