Holly on Hollywood – War For The Planet Of The Apes

Holly on Hollywood
“War For The Planet Of The Apes”
by Holly McClure



War for the Planet of the Apes” is the third in the sci-fi/action series about the ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his troop of apes who are forced into a deadly battle  with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson).  When Caesar loses his family because of the Colonel, he sets out to avenge their deaths and the journey brings him face to face in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

The PG-13 sci-fi action is best for mature pre-teens to adults because of the language, some disturbing images (like apes hung on crosses), fight scenes, violence and explosions. There are themes of slavery, revenge and the emotional complexities dealing with Caesar resisting his darker impulses after losing his family. Then there’s the whole apes-vs-humans dilemma that has you empathizing with the apes….

War for the Planet of the Apes

…their plight and rooting for them more than the humans. That’s due in large part to the fantastic performance by Serkis and his incredible performance capture (technology that records the movement and facial expressions of human actors then digitally renders them to create the character) that adds a human quality to Caesar.

If you want to understand the whole back story and catch characters etc. that are introduced in this movie, I suggest watching the first “Planet of the Apes” (1961). It will not only make you empathize a little more with the human plight but will actually make you appreciate just how far CGI and special effects have advanced, since the first film.

~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.

Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.

In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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