Date watched: Friday 14th July 2017

Format: Cinema

Year released: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.”

How a movie can be this good with almost no dialogue never ceases to impress me.

The CGI was flawless: my husband and I watched the first two apes movies in preparation for this movie, and its amazing how far the computer generation has come since the first film. I know it’s all done with mo-cap, but you can almost believe you are watching real apes in the movie and not actors pretending.

Woody Harrelson was truly terrifying as the Colonel – every moment he was on screen you couldn’t help but hate him. He was one of the few human characters and the way his character developed and just seemed to become more villainous as the piece went on was revealed at a completely natural pace.

The pacing was a slow burn overall, and I’ve seen a few reviews saying this let the movie down, but I didn’t think this at all. There wasn’t a single moment that was wasted, and you were kept watching all the way through. Despite the lack of dialogue from our main heroes there was still plenty going on and it didn’t feel like a single shot was wasted.

A fitting end to the trilogy in my opinion, with everything from the first two wrapped up well and a natural end to Caesar’s journey from infant to King of the Apes.

My rating: 8/10