Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes | monkey avatar

The universe Planet of the Apes has existed since the 1960s. The novel, The Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle, was published in 1963 and then the film by Franklin J. Schaffner was released five years later. We understand if fans feel offended by the comparison of the last part with the – recent – ​​creation of James Cameron.

The similarities between Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes And Avatar are, however, undeniable. This is possibly explained by the presence of screenwriter Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) in the credits. In addition to having collaborated in the writing ofAvatar: The Way of Waterhe is working on the third and fourth parts.

The similarities aren’t limited to the plot. Thanks to masterful special effects, we believe in these apes capable of speech and high-flying physical prowess with the same credulity as for the Na’vi. The emotion conveyed by their gaze is particularly impressive. The environments are also breathtakingly realistic. Like James Cameron, Wes Ball (the film series Maze Runner) filmed on location, in Australia, rather than in the studio. The contribution of cinematographer Gyula Pados deserves to be highlighted.

kingdom allows itself contemplative moments like the films taking place on Pandora. John Paesano’s lovely music makes them all the more enjoyable.

A good part of the two hours and twenty-five minutes shows how primates live, 300 years after the simian revolution led by the chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) in the previous trilogy. We deduce that his message of unity was hijacked by some or was simply not transmitted to others.


Noa is played by Owen Teague.

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This is the case of Noa (Owen Teague, Bloodline) of the eagle clan, which domesticates birds of prey. The peaceful life of his small village is destroyed when soldiers of King Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand, The Strain) arrive, looking for a human (Freya Allan, The Witcher). Noa’s family and loved ones are kidnapped or killed, but he manages to escape. On the road to reunite with his family, he meets Raka (Peter Macon, The Orville), friendly orangutan who will teach him the dogmas of Ceasar. The pair will also reunite with the human, who will lead them to the kingdom of Proximus, where various clans live in fear.

Humans are no longer the main rivals of the apes since the virus created by man which allowed the latter to develop the ability to speak made him lose his at the same time. The role of Freya Allan is important, but we find it refreshing that the place of men in the story is reduced.

Although they are referenced, it is not necessary to have seen the previous three films to understand the essence of this new chapter. Fans of the 1968 original will be delighted with the few nods. Two other feature films are planned. We hope that they come to fruition, because, alone, kingdom does not reach the intensity of those made by Rupert Wyatt then Matt Reeves. Besides its short length and a somewhat generic antagonist, its only fault is limited stakes. However, if it is indeed a new entry into the matter, it is frankly successful.


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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Science fiction

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (V.F.: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes)

Wes Ball

With Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand

2:25 a.m.



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