(This review may contain spoilers).
I went to see this film at the cinema today with my sister – it was actually a secret unlimited showing, but considering how soon this film was coming out, I was quite surprised that this ended up being the film that was shown.
I had seen the prequel to this film when it came out at the cinema – and I’ve seen at least part of one of the original Planet of the Apes films. I was a bit surprised at how much I remembered of the previous film while I was watching this.
I felt this film portrayed the apes as having their own personalities extremely well. Although the apes weren’t human, the relationships formed between them and their interactions with each other came across really well. I particularly liked Caesar’s relationship with his son, Blue Eyes, though it was difficult to tell them apart at times. And the baby ape was particularly cute.
I wasn’t too surprised by a lot of the reactions of the humans in this film – I felt that was portrayed fairly realistically. It was quite difficult to hate the bad guys in the film, because the creators made an obvious effort to give them realistic reasons for the way they acted.
Quite a lot of the scenes in this film were really tense. My sister and I kept grabbing each other, worried about what would happen with the characters.
The ending of the film was quite good and although my sister said it wasn’t the sort of film she would have chosen to see, she still liked it as much as I did. I think this is a film I’d definitely like to watch again and buy on DVD when it comes out.