Andy Serkis, Caesar, War for the Planet of the Apes

Trailer Time: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer #3 (2017) *For Freedom, For Family, For the Planet!*

 Each trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes has looked more and more impressive, and the final trailer before the film hits in mid-July doesn’t disappoint.  What Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis have achieved with these films, both in resurrecting a very, very dead franchise and in pushing the boundaries of the marriage of technology and acting, can’t be overstated.  Gollum will always be the character and performance that created mo-cap acting, but Serkis has spent even more time on Caesar.  In Caesar he’s created such a nuanced, fully-realized creation that I think the last boundaries of what can be imagined and what can be successfully transitioned to the screen are gone.  If you can imagine it, there’s a way to make it happen and make it happen brilliantly.  For that, Serkis deserves the kind of special achievement Oscar Toy Story got when it was released and changed animation forever.  Eventually, there needs to be a fifth acting category for voiceover/motion capture performance, but that exists because of Andy Serkis.  He’s quite literally changed motion pictures forever, and very few actors can have been said to ever achieved that.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
War for the Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis, Caesar
The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval. War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide on July 14, 2017.

4 thoughts on “Trailer Time: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer #3 (2017) *For Freedom, For Family, For the Planet!*”

    1. Well, I think that’s been one of the key markers of both the apes increasing evolution and time passing in the series. In the first film it was all ASL until Caesar shocks everyone by talking at the end. In Dawn, clearly a lot of time has passed and Caesar is now speaking pretty well; much better than any of the other apes. It makes sense that by War he’d be fluent. He’s definitely better at speaking than any other ape, but by the time the original films roll around, all the apes are English fluent. I think Caesar is certainly going to be by leaps and bounds the most fluent, but given that he’s the one who has been immersed in the language for the longest, I think the progression makes sense.

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      1. Yeah, your right. I guess it does make sense. I just meant that I got that sort of weird feeling that you get when something that’s a staple to a certain franchise gets neglected. In the new apes movies the apes were only speaking very basic broken English. Basically, DC can never bring back Bruce Wayne’s parents, because the fact that he is an orphan is such a key part of his character. But, yeah, you are right that they do need to show some sort of evolution. If these apes are able to use guns, they should be able to communicate better, right?

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