Tuesday, July 18, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes review: Solid end to the trilogy

The Hit:

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third and final installment in this trilogy. I've read rumors somewhere for a fourth but for now, I will assume this is the final in the story. We follow the leader of the apes, Caesar, and his ape followers as they go up against humans in a war for humanity's survival.

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Sahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbell, Gabriel Chavarria, Judy Greer, Sara Canning, Devyn Dalton and many others. 

Pros: What I liked about this movie is the same from what I enjoyed in the previous films: the special effects. The Apes looked so real and Andy Serkis is an amazing actor bringing a character like Caesar alive since the first movie. Not only did he master Gollum/Smeagol from Lord of the Rings, he has now mastered the leader of the apes as well. I liked how you side with the apes even if I myself am human, it just shows how the apes just want to live and how humans can be so evil and how it's easy to hate your own kind. The action was great and the emotional aspect and reasoning of this final chapter on how war drives us to madness was well done. Caesar has a hard time being peaceful with humans after an event but the girl you see in the trailers played by Amiah Miller shows him that not all are bad. He, of course, knows this since the first movie but after an event that transpires, his mind is clouded until she does a nice deed, it was pretty touching. 

Cons: The villain, played by Woody Harrelson, had an objective of eradicating all the apes but his plan to me was flawed. Rather than fighting and killing them he should have been putting other resources into something else he and his men were dealing with at the time, which I won't spoil. Also, War was probably not a good title for this movie, I say that because the movie had some scenes fighting between ape and humans but it was mostly just a build up of such fights.

This was a good end to a trilogy and was very touching. If there is a fourth I guess I wouldn't really mind but if doesn't happen I'd be okay with that too. Try not to cry in the end, I had to hold back a tear or two. 

The Verdict:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review: A fresh take and excellent tie-in

The Hit:

First off I want to say I loved the original Spiderman with Tobey Maguire and then the next reboot with Andrew Garfield. Those two did a wonderful job. But, the great thing about this new version is it ties in with this Marvel Universe we know and love.

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori

Pros: I love that Spiderman can now join Iron man, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers. We all know the sad story behind Uncle Ben's death, so not getting to go through that sadness and focus more on Peter was great! Story flowed nicely, including action and bits of comedy, a friend I went with compared that flow to Guardians of the Galaxy. You see a moment towards the end where Peter is struggling and you struggle with him as an audience and to be the "Hero" he wants to be he uses advice from Tony to overcome this hardship, it's a really powerful scene and probably my favorite in the movie. Supporting cast from those playing his classmates to Tony Stark, Happy Hogan, and even the villains made Peter more mature in becoming the hero he wants to be: Spider-Man. 

Cons: I want to be fair and add some cons but a con a brother of mine had was his suit was too high tech. Thinking about it more and more he might be right. There is a comic and even in the animated shows where the only high-tech suit he gets is when Iron Man makes him the Iron Spider suit. But until then he shouldn't really have anything too fancy. But it was cool hearing his own personal "Jarvis" while in costume. I wanted to see more Avengers make a cameo but that's just me. 

Like I mentioned above I loved the first and second versions of Spiderman but I fell in love with Tom Holland's performance just as much. I won't say he's the "best" but he deserves his recognition just as much as Tobey and Andrew did for their take on the neighborhood hero. Can't wait for the sequel but for now, let's get on that Thor: Ragnarok Train. Don't forget to stay during and after the credits for extra scenes! 

The Verdict: