‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Movie Review

May 15, 2024 | Admit One

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the fourth installment in the modern Planet of the Apes prequel/reboot series that began in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and concluded in 2017 with War for the Planet of the Apes.

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Release Date: 05/10/2024
Director: Wes Ball
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
IMDb: 7.3/10
Where to Watch: In theaters

While that trilogy comprised a complete story of mankind’s fall from global dominance and the establishment of ape society by the chimpanzee Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), Kingdom is the first film in seven years to attempt to continue the narrative, and the first installment since Disney bought 21st Century Fox in 2019.

Despite the transfer of ownership, the Apes franchise seems like it’s in good hands, as the saga continues with new characters many years after the events of War, in a world closer to that depicted in the original Planet of the Apes from 1968

All vestiges of the civilization we know have been swept away by time: skyscrapers are overgrown by plants, the coastline has been sculpted into new forms, and the remnants of humanity live mute and feral, evading roving apes that capture and utilize them for sport or slave labor.

This film follows new ape protagonist Noa, whose story is nothing groundbreaking, following the tried-and-true hero’s journey structure

Hailing from the Eagle Clan—who have learned to train and domesticate birds of prey—Noa must leave behind the safety of his tribe’s valley when his family is attacked and captured by a faction of apes from the coast. Along the way, he meets a mentor figure in the form of orangutan Raka, who teaches him about the past, and Mae, a young human who has more than a few surprises in store (played by The Witcher’s Freya Allen).

Ultimately, the search for his family leads Noa into conflict with the coastal apes—who have modeled their tribe on the Roman Empire—led by the vicious ape Proximus, as both attempt to gain access to a mysterious vault housing treasures from humanity’s past.

While this entry in the saga shows audiences nothing new, it is always a joy to revisit the world of Planet of the Apes, see how filmmaking technology has evolved, and enjoy some intense action-adventure sequences that utilize the innate physicality of primates to great effect

While this film may not break any box office records, it proudly affirms that Planet of the Apes is a franchise that will continue to stand the test of time and remain relevant as we move into the future.

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