Just got back from seeing it.
It was okay. Going into it my favorite Apes movies were Planet, Beneath, Escape, and Dawn. This movie didn’t change that. But it was okay.
I love how it brings in a lot more of the series mythology into play. The Alpha-Omega Cult, the devolution, the scarecrows, and the real next generation of civilian apes in Bad Ape. Those flourishes were lovely and as a fan of this franchise I really appreciated how they were woven in and portrayed.
Other than that I think it didn’t quite reach the heights it aspired to. While Caesar’s character arc is still solid, a lot of the events feel too “Point A to B” and by being so perfunctory they lost a lot of what poignancy they could have had. Especially in the middle and the climax. While I like the events in an overall sense of what they culminated in (narrative wise) they didn’t come together as very compelling.
In the words of Steve from Eastbound and Down: “It could have hit a lot harder”. It did hit here and there, but when the swelling score is ever present, the scenes have to match up. Like I said, I think it’s okay. But it could have been great had it been as tight as Dawn.
My favorite aspects in the movie had to be Bad Ape and Caesar’s revelations about sentient dignity being implied to the others but never set down. Leading to what will assuredly still come to pass. I hope they make a fourth, set in the future.
I keep editing this cause my estimation of this movie keeps going down the longer I think about it.