War for the Planet of the Apes was an excellent way to close out a successful trilogy, as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes had an epic showdown with a human army led by an unrelenting leader named Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Although the picture grossed over $490 million worldwide, the feature was still one of this year’s more underrated films (its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, grossed over $710 million worldwide). Along with another excellent performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar, Harrelson was also memorable as the antagonist, and their anti-climactic final conflict, at least in my opinion, was one of this year’s most surprising cinematic moments.
Click on the media bar below to hear Serkis talk about the “brilliantly real” CGI behind War for the Planet the Apes:
The Blu-ray’s special features include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, several featurettes on the making of the film, and a plethora of deleted scenes (with optional commentary from Reeves). One of the deleted scenes, however, is worth watching especially if you’re a fan of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequence features a discussion between Caesar and the Colonel which deals with the ultimate fate of Malcolm (Jason Clarke).
War for the Planet of the Apes is now out on on Blu-Ray and DVD.