7:00 PM, 2nd September, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes sets itself up as the most epic, thrilling and heartstring-tugging instalment in the riveting Apes prequel saga.
Two years on, weary and experienced ape leader Caesar (played once again in a stunning motion capture performance by Andy Serkis) finds himself dealing with a divided society of apes, along with his own personal demons. When their conflict with the humans erupts into a deadly invasion of the apes’ abode, Caesar is no longer able to preach tolerance and sets out to seek revenge against the tyrannical military officer (Harrelson) responsible. To do so, he embarks on an epic journey with a few trusted allies – and some new acquaintances – through the harsh winter.
In addition to the returning Serkis and other familiar faces, the film also sees a number of new additions. Woody Harrelson is completely and brilliantly unhinged as the nameless Colonel, while Steve Zahn also shines in a unique comic turn as the goofy Bad Ape.
The stakes have never been higher, with the conflict – including within Caesar’s soul – propelling the apes and humans to the ultimate confrontation. War has finally come as the Planet of the Apes trilogy reaches its epic conclusion, so strap in for the ride.
9:30 PM, 2nd September, 2017
I feel like Woody Harrelson is making a comeback in a really big way. Not that he ever completely fell off the radar, but at the moment he’s absolutely everywhere, walking the line between the blockbuster and quirky indie film with ease.
Wilson is about a lonely, neurotic middle-aged misanthrope. He is energetic, impulsive, and far too honest. He says things that people shouldn’t say, with no boundaries. In his thick rimmed spectacles he reminds me of Woody Allen in Annie Hall… except more repugnant.
Wilson reunites with his estranged wife (Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.
Based on a graphic novel and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), Wilson is quirky and funny – a little bit ridiculous, but overall an excellent and heartwarming film. Woody Harrelson is absolutely astounding and if you enjoyed The Edge of Seventeen earlier this year, you just have to see Wilson.