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KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Review: Kingdom Of The Planet of the Apes

Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

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The Good:

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes excels in its portrayal of the ape society in various ways. The phenomenal CGI breathes life into these creatures and makes them easily believable. Their emotions are remarkably clear thanks to the talented actors behind the motion-capture suits. Kevin Durand as Proximus is probably my favorite. He had me saying “What a wonderful day!” immediately after the film.

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

(L-R): Soona (played by Lydia Peckham) and Noa (played by Owen Teague) in 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The action sequences in the film are intense and pull you right into the heart of the battle.  More conflicts would have been nice, but when things do escalate, it’s quite engaging. The final action sequence is easily the best of the film by far.

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Sylva (played by Eka Darville) in 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The world-building is equally impressive in “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. The post-apocalyptic setting is carefully crafted, with detailed set pieces that enhance the film’s realism. The story itself is compelling, cleverly weaving in creative nods to the franchise’s history and ape culture, all while pushing the narrative forward.

The Bad:

However, the human storyline doesn’t quite measure up to the ape narrative. While not terrible, it feels underdeveloped due to a lack of in-depth exposition about the current state of humanity. We get glimpses of their struggles, but these details are often teased rather than explained. A stronger foundation for the human characters and their world would have enriched the overall experience.

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Proximus Caesar (played by Kevin Durand) in 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The film introduces a captivating villain whose complexity is a breath of fresh air. His motivations, while seemingly well-intentioned, come at a great cost to the humans. This creates a fascinating moral dilemma and has the potential to drive a deeper wedge between the villain and the main character. Unfortunately, the villain’s arc feels underdeveloped due to limited screen time.

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Freya Allan as Nova in 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The pacing can be inconsistent at times. The initial introduction of the human character, Freya, feels particularly slow, hindering the film’s momentum early on. In contrast, the action sequences are masterfully crafted, transporting viewers directly into the heart of the conflict.

The Verdict:

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes remains an enjoyable and engaging cinematic experience that solidifies its place among the better entries in the franchise. The visual effects are groundbreaking, the ape narrative is captivating, and the world-building is immersive. Do not feel compelled to rewatch all of the previous films. This movie does a good job of recapping the previous events enough for you to enjoy. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the franchise, this film offers a worthwhile addition to the Planet of the Apes mythology.

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Director: Wes Ball
Writer(s): Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison
Stars: Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, and William H. Macy
KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES comes to theaters May 10th, 2024. Be sure to follow E-Man’s Movie Reviews on Facebook, Subscribe on YouTube, or follow me on Twitter/IG @EmansReviews for even more movie news and reviews!

 

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  • Watchability - 8/10
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