Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Several generations in the future following Caesar's reign, apes are now the dominant species and live harmoniously while humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

  • Released: 2024-05-22
  • Runtime: 145 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Stars: Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Peter Macon, Kevin Durand, Eka Darville, Travis Jeffery, Neil Sandilands, Sara Wiseman, Ras-Samuel Welda'abzgi, Lydia Peckham, William H. Macy, Dichen Lachman
  • Director: Wes Ball
  • therussells-23255 - 1 July 2024
    What a wonderful day

    Good opening film to a new trilogy while still honouring the previous trilogy very well adding in the lore from Caesar in the first film in a very interesting way by having very contrasting ways: one being the peaceful way Caesar used it for and the other to bring power and death. Incredible cgi again and amazing settings of the overgrown desolate cities.

    Proximus Caesar was big and a good antagonist and the introduction to him was probably the best scene and introduction in the whole franchise to a villain. I don't get why they had to kill him off as he could've been a great villain and opposition to Noa.

    Sylva was a unit getting a good amount of screen time (more than Proximus) and was a real threat at all times. Probably right decision to kill him off.

    May is a very interesting human whom gives you different ideas as she could be seen as as much of a villain as Proximus. Also why she be holding a gun while talking to Noa clearly set up to become a threat in later films.

    Noa is clearly meant to be the "next Caesar" from his clear similar appearance even the scar on his chest is the same. But he is far more cautious and not as leading as Caesar tho is shaping up to being one.

    The final scene clearly sets more film for the future (glad to hear that 5 are projected to come) hope to see Rakka in the next cause I can't believe he would go just like that.
  • malmevik77 - 19 June 2024
    Decent, but blunt, comment on modern society
    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

    The fourth film in the popular rebooted franchise reminds the audience how the last one ended, and then jumps ahead several hundred years. We see that the apes still rule the land. The remaining humans appear to all be simple creatures, as they started to become in the last movie. But what makes Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes so enjoyable is that it puts forth a strong moral concept, and sets it up against the back drop of an unlikely scenario. When you take away the reality of a world where different cultures or races of humans fight each other, and dehumanize it, it becomes more palatable. But it still makes you think.

    While the first 3 movies raised the questions of how much science is too much science, what do humans do when isolated after technological failure, and why treat xenophobia as an excuse to go to war for no reason, this 4th movie delves into repeating past mistakes.

    The leader of the apes wishes to access a former human military installation that is still in existence, but abandoned behind impenetrable walls. When a human girl reveals that not all of humanity lost their minds, several of the apes wish to help her prevent weaponry and technology from getting into the hands of a despotic king. It's the same old story over and over. Nobody learns any lessons as time passes. The apes now wish to dominate through extreme force; something the humans did years ago.

    It's thoroughly enjoyable to watch the action unfold. It's fun to watch humans and apes work together. And it's fun to understand the metaphors and representations of what's going on in the world today. People do not like the way they are treated so they get stronger things and attack others to get rid of them. Retaliation ensues. Diplomacy fails. And a world falls into chaos.

    I overthink too much when I go to the movies, but it's still a good movie. Enjoy it at face value, or follow my mindset. Either can be fun.
  • cableanna - 13 June 2024
    Good but not as awesome as the Matt Reeves' Caesar trilogy
    It's good but not as awesome as the Matt Reeves' Caesar trilogy. Noah is a good protagonist to kick off this new chapter. Killing off the only ape that remembers Caesar is a wildly inappropriate decision and serves no purpose at all. It's bull crap. Also, I didn't like the misdirection of showing humans as being devolved in the trailer and towards the beginning but then not only the girl is normal and suddenly starts speaking but the film also shows humans alive and kicking inside isolated quarantined bunkers. I went in expecting no intelligent humans. Maybe most people want smart humans in this new POTA franchise but honestly I could have done without them. Honestly this reveal spoiled my experience a little but Noah learning about how apes and humans used to live and Noah asking Mae if they should go back to silence made up for it. I am just glad they didn't make Mae a villain but its amusing how the apes witnessed a human killing another human and Noah learnt to say sh it because of her. Also that idi ot white guy reading Roman Empire to the apes. No wonder Proximus broke bad and twisted Caesar's words. Should have read him the Ramayana. Eagles are a nice addition and its fun to look at vegetation covered human areas and technology that seems ancient now only to be reminded of still surviving intelligent humans in the end. Facepalm. The CGI is still top notch and I also liked the direction the film was heading towards for the apes at the end with Noah taking keen interest in the telescope.
  • Heyitsbennett - 10 June 2024
    Amazing once again
    I don't understand the hesitation with this movie. First of all, it has some of the best motion capture and CGI I've ever seen. The apes looked *so real* it was insane. I get this wasn't as actiony as the original trilogy, but that's the point. This is a start of a new trilogy, one that happens generations after the first trilogy where this is focused more on the existential and philosophical side of apes vs humans instead of the block buster action war between apes vs humans. And for that, I truly loved it. It perfectly sets up what's next to come out of the next two movies and I just loved the meaning and the thought provoking themes it had throughout. When there was action it was good, but I understand peoples needs for more action as it was something they were used to with the original. However, I had no qualms with it being more philosophy heavy as it made sense to me.