War for the Planet of the Apes: The first criticism from the US
The criticisms are varied and not at all uniform, as is almost always the case with a big box-office blockbuster. There are positive reviews also negative ones. According to the critic of The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy, the film has a truly exceptional visual power. It is mostly thanks to the director of photography Michael Seresin painting around the high-impact monkey atmosphere.
The film also seems to be an art film rather than pure blockbuster, which we think is excellent news. The co-writer Mark Bomback takes the views and aspirations of the characters seriously. He doesn't give a direction to the viewer, or indicate who is good and who is evil.
Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice instead wrote, We know that many men are capable of committing atrocities. This film tells the instinct and violence as a direct consequence of our being. The rest of the protagonists of the film are not zombies. The impulses that we see on the big screen is familiar to us. We perfectly recognize the anger and the strength of the leaders who support it.
It is a theme of our times, and is extremely topical. The monkeys live in an oppressed world where morality does not have any space. The survival instinct of the protagonists could well be ours. The viewer can be in complete harmony. The thinking is much the same with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian. He defined the world in the film as absolutely credible and in line with the character of the monkeys that inhabit it.
According to him, the film has a clear and firm direction. It is not lost in unnecessary and self-congratulatory moments. It never distracts so is it is not superfluous.
Eric John Indiewire was less enthusiastic than his colleagues. But he still said that the film has the rare workmanship and moments of beauty. Above all if we look at other products like that. According to Brian Truitt of USA Today, the real action comes too late, only at the end, when both men and monkeys have to fight for their survival. Yet the climax is quite exciting and satisfying. It is useful to remind us that the Caesar is one of the best adventures this summer.
Even James Dyer of Empire wrote that the film is actually a more introspective journey than you can imagine. It will disappoint those who only expect the chimpanzee attack without mercy on the men. This does not mean that there is only action and there are no emotions. The conflict is primarily moral, intimate, and human.
It seems that the film is liked by the American press, which in recent times has massacred movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and The Mummy. War for the Planet of the Apes seems to escape thanks to its humanity and its profound character. These are the elements that seem to go well beyond the mere fight for survival, supremacy and territory.