War for the Planet of the Apes made its way to cinemas this month and has already placed itself in prime position to be a major contender at the Oscars. The movie which has almost made its way to the top of the box office left audiences and critics alike thrilled.
The Apes franchise has so far amassed more than $1.2 billion worldwide over the past seven years and the war for the Planet of the Apes will likely take the count higher. Planet of the Apes took $482 million worldwide in 2011 and the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes received even more critical praise and a 47% increase in global box office receipts up to the tune of $710 million.
The recently released War for the Planet of the Apes will most likely push earnings from the franchise past $2 billion with its box office receipts alone, and if combined with eventual sales from global Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and rentals, the reboot could take the revenue beyond $2.5 billion to make the entire Planet of the Apes franchise one of the most successful science fiction franchises in history.
Regarding the Oscars, War For the Planet of the Apes will most likely be in strong contention for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor at the next Academy Awards. The movie is both powerful and visionary with the use of special effects, making it one of the best science fiction series in movie history.
The Caesar Character
Another thing that makes The movie thick is the unexpected turns and revelations. Certain characters were made to be more complex and one of such is Caesar who was portrayed by Andy Serkis. The increased dangers necessitated by an increase in warfare and hostilities between humans and apes, and even humans against other humans, makes things less predictable.
The franchise seems to have never been satisfied with thinly drawn characters, as the characters are richer and compelled by emotions and points of view. Andy Serkis makes his portrayal of Caesar a believable.one, especially since the movie relies on non-verbal expression and body language.
The Other Characters
All other characters on the movie deserve praise and commendation but certain characters are worthy of mention as they helped define the movie. Karin Konoval plays an almost entirely voiceless character of Maurice, majorly relying on facial expression and body movement to convey emotions and humour.
Terry Notary returns as Rocket and delivers a heart-warming and inspirational performance. Rocket understands the pain and beliefs of Caesar and is willing to risk and sacrifice it all for him.
The Visual Effects
The visual effects of War for The Planet of The Apes is top nothing and one deserving of an Oscar. It can not be overstated that the visual effects of the movie to stunning and very realistic to say the least. The hyper-realism on the movie incorporated live-action and photo-real realistic computer generated imaging to deliver a performance worthy of an Oscar award.
The visual effects will not only take your breath away with its level of realism but will also stun you with the feeling of gorgeous and passionate imaging. The movie holds its special visual effects to the cinematography by Michael Seresin, who helped to create a rich and diverse visual palate.
It will be difficult to get any movie that will surpass War for the Planet of the Apes this year when it comes to visual and special effects, and that alone seats it as a major contender for an Oscar award in this category among others.
War for the Planet of the Apes is a brilliant movie that has a gripping storyline backed up with wonderful performances. This is one of the reasons people watch movies and is everything movie franchises should aspire to be. This movie is one you will want to see especially if you love science fiction. You’d probably see it more than once!