MOVIES BY THE SLICE — “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” conquers movie fun

Published 12:02 am Saturday, May 18, 2024

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“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” takes us on a gripping journey into a world

where apes rule and humanity struggles to survive.

Directed by Wes Ball, this installment, taking place many years after the other films, introduces us to a new set of characters, led by the young ape Noa, who embarks on a perilous quest to rescue his captured clan.

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Alongside the wise orangutan Raka and the human woman Mae, Noa confronts the ruthless gorilla Proximus, determined to free his clan from enslavement.

The narrative echoes the essence of the original 1968 “Planet of the Apes,” with its

evocative imagery of apes hunting humans amidst overgrown foliage and the

haunting remnants of human civilization strewn along the shorelines.

The subtle nods to the original film, such as the appearance of scarecrows, a talking human doll and a familiar female character name add depth to the story, bridging the old with the new.

Visually, the film is a marvel.

The seamless integration of CGI brings the ape and human characters to life, creating a believable world where they coexist. The landscapes are breathtaking, showcasing a post-apocalyptic Earth in stunning detail.

The action sequences are exhilarating, and the addition of CGI eagles adds a fresh, intriguing element to the narrative.

While the film may not reach the heights of its predecessors, I found it to be a

thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The film’s ending sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting continuation of the saga.

Don’t bother waiting for an after-credit scene, because there isn’t one.

I would rate “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” a solid 7 out of 10. I recommend

catching it on the big screen to fully appreciate its visual splendor.

Afterward, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this latest chapter in the “Apes” franchise.

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