Doug Snauffer’s Short Takes: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

by Douglas Snauffer

Saw WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES last weekend — and loved it.

Although, as I sat there watching the movie for 2 hours and 20 minutes, I had to doubt its appeal to today’s younger crowd (ages 18-25).

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is a writer’s delight in that it’s totally character-driven. Dialog matters in this film – a lot – while the action scenes this time around are extremely limited right up to and including the end.

In other words, it could be described as ‘slow-moving’ by young moviegoers more accustomed to the all-out CGI apocalypses so common in today’s tent pole extravaganzas. The kind of movie I love, but young moviegoers today simply love to avoid. The film’s current worldwide gross is around $100,000,000, with the U.S. gross just $56.5 million from 4,022 locations. In other words, as Variety says, WFTPOTA “is coming in on the low end of expectations….”

In addition to the fine script, Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson offer up wonderful performances. And the director is Matt Reeves, whom I consider one of the best young directors in the business, with credits that include 2014’s DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the superb LET ME IN (2010) and CLOVERFIELD (2008).

I hope more moviegoers give this one a chance.


Doug Snauffer is TVWriter™ Contributing Editor.  His work has appeared in myriad publications and on SyFy Channel. He’s also the writer of several cult horror films and the books The Show Must Go On and Crime Television. Learn more about Doug HERE.