Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Movie Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

On May 9, the action adventure film “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” started showing in cinemas. It’s a sequel to 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, and the fourth film in the newest reboot of the Apes franchise as a whole. It is intended to be the first part of a trilogy, which, according to director Wes Ball, “fits into the legacy” of the three previous films. In the review below we will tell you whether “The Kingdom” has the basis to begin the next trilogy.

Pros:

the handsome main character Noah, who, however, does not yet reach the level of Andy Serkis’ Caesar emotionally; impeccable visual content of the feed; overall not the worst blockbuster you can give a chance

Minuses:

the authors do not shy away from spending time on developing characters and character interactions, sacrificing action dynamics, and this is very good, but in return they do not offer a meaningful story, but only give out protracted exposition to the next films; uninteresting cardboard antagonist-dictator; in general, the film looks less exciting than its predecessors from the newest trilogy

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Genre sci-fi adventure action
Director Wes Ball
Starring: Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, William Macy, Eka Darvill, Dichen Lachman
Premiere cinemas
Year of manufacture 2024
IMDb website

Many generations after Caesar led his fellow tribesmen to the green valley, people seem to have finally gone wild and degraded, settling in the swamps, and monkeys have become the intelligent species that dominates the planet. Three, it must be emphasized, “teenage mutant ninja monkeys” Noa, Anaya and Suna carefreely jump among the high mountains in search of eggs, and not even for 17 UAH, but absolutely free. After all, all they need is to get to the eagles’ nests, and then go through the sacred rite of their clan, which breeds eagles.

Unfortunately, the planned celebration was not destined to materialize, as the peaceful settlement of the apes was attacked by a warlike clan led by Proximus Caesar, who had distorted the legacy of the ordinary Caesar and sought to take possession of the human technologies of the past. Noah, who miraculously managed to survive the attack, swears on his father’s grave that he will find his kidnapped relatives. On the way, he meets the orangutan Cancer, who has knowledge of the humanistic philosophy of Caesar, and the hungry girl of the human race, Nova. For some reason, the latter is being hunted by the soldiers of Proximus. If suddenly in March you didn’t have enough aggressive monkeys roaring from the screen with all their mouths in high-budget “Godzilla and Kong”, or there were few monkey tracks in the April “Monkyman”, “Kingdom of the Planet” is at your service monkeys.” The film offers a new story within the series rebooted in 2011 and risks launching another trilogy. Hollywood conveyor belt, that’s what it is.

Given what we’ve seen so far, the fourth film looks more like a degradation than an evolution of the modern franchise. “Kingdom” is the weakest of all its parts and seems more like a long preface to something larger.

Unfortunately, the new characters, at least for now, are not able to fully replace Caesar at the level of empathy, and the villain is too primitive to bother much with his crazy antics. That’s assuming you’re a fan of the newest Planet of the Apes. If you didn’t care about the fate of cinematic primates before, then the situation will definitely not change with this film. The problem is that this venture did not turn out to be completely exciting entertainment, because over the course of almost two and a half hours of running time there are noticeably few dynamic adventures that would negate any boredom. After all, watching numerous, not very meaningful dialogues between monkeys is far from the most interesting thing in a movie. In a word, it doesn’t take your breath away. The drama is not engaging. And the local flood, not to mention Noah, is not impressive.

What saves from complete indifference are isolated action scenes, beautiful visuals and the infinitely beautiful look of young Freya Allan, which Gyula Pados’s camera appropriately captures in close-ups.

Among the remnants of the former human civilization, those post-apocalyptic ruins, abandoned skyscrapers of devastated Los Angeles and buildings and roads drowned in green thickets, it is difficult to discern the once flourishing world where humanity and scientific and technological progress ruled. The devastated landscapes look as convincing as possible, as do the images of primates, transmitted using motion capture technology. In short, Avatar-style special effects here are at the highest level.

New to the franchise, director Wes Ball (not to be confused with the cult video game director Uwe!), who worked on the teen dystopian trilogy “The Maze Runner,” and screenwriter of blockbusters with bizarre subtitles “Terminator: Fatum” and “Avatar: The Way of Water,” Josh Friedman, try to please viewers with references of varying degrees of recognition.

Here we see that the main character Noah has inherited many noble qualities from the star of the previous trilogy, Caesar, performed by the incomparable Andy Serkis, which in a certain way builds a bridge between the stories. Here the friendly orangutan Cancer calls the stranger Nova, or, for example, in the “Forbidden Zone” the monkeys find a talking doll – these are already Easter eggs to the original “Planet of the Apes” of 1968.

The general concept of the local world order also refers to the novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle, based on which the old film was made. And in one of the scenes, the authors give a natural Hitchcock, inspired by his outstanding horror. Add to this an authoritarianism that is too obvious, dotted with proud “red” flags, and you get an attempt to take possession of other people’s technologies and a fairy tale about a bright future led by a fellow dictator. But no matter how pleasant it may be to read certain allusions, or simply admire the quality picture, this does not help brighten up the generally sluggish narrative with an eye to “the most interesting things are ahead.” There is no revelation that monkeys are stepping on the same rake as humanity. Everything goes in circles, which means local conflicts do not represent any novelty.

At the end, the film asks an interesting question: “Are monkeys and humans capable of coexisting?” Even if so, then only on the condition that the Russians are deprived of all possible technologies.

Conclusion:

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is technically flawless and probably the best new release this week for a casual moviegoing experience. Like the first film in a trilogy, let it be. But the dramatic and substantive content, especially in the context of comparison with predecessors, leaves much to be desired.

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