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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 Paws

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios Australia, Jason T. Reed Productions and Oddball Entertainment present a PG-13, 145-minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi film directed by Wes Ball, written by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver with a theater release of May 10, 2024.

The story is set many years in the future during a time when Caesar was no longer but his teachings have lived on, somewhat that is! It seems there was a virus that had changed the world as we know it. This virus attacked the human population leaving them less intelligent and unable to speak. Yet, this virus did the opposite for the apes, it made them more intelligent giving them the use of speech. At present time, humans called echoes lived within a certain range and apes lived in clans throughout the world. At this point in time, they did not mix and modern apes, most of them only knew humans to be trouble.

Back at the village where Noa (Owen Teague) lived with his parents and his two friends, Dar (Sara Wiseman) and Anaya (Travis Jeffrey) along with many other large chimps. But when their clan gets attacked by some very large and aggressive gorillas some are killed and some are taken prisoner to follow the rule of Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand) who is using them to try and enter a military facility kept behind a huge metal vault. Within this facility is information that Proximus wants for if he retrieves the weapons and knowledge, apes will rule what is left of the world.

When Noa’s friends and family were taken he had been left for dead but later goes on a journey to find them in hopes of bringing them home. Along his way he meets up with an orangutan known as Raka (Peter Macon) who enlightens Noa on the true Caesar and the work that he did to bring humans and apes together. On their journey as they continue together, they are being followed by a human, Mae (Freya Allan) who in time becomes friends with them but the question is if ape can trust human. And as the story continues, we find out. The beginning becomes the end and the end becomes the beginning!

I loved this version; I think it was the best so far out of the modern filming of ‘Planet of the Apes’. I especially liked the fact that the writers used some of the situations and elements from the films first produced in the seventies. The writing is superb as is the direction which is all accompanied by a phenomenal score that really sets the moments to what is going on at the time. The creativity of the characters and the work by the actors is all brilliant and I would definitely see this movie in IMAX again. There are a number of animals used in the making of this film from horses, zebras, birds to of course the speaking imagery of apes and overall, I thought all were used in a smart way. One thing I thought was ironic, when I got in my car to return home after the movie, playing on my radio was “Monkey” by George Michael!

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