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The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: A Promising New Chapter with Room for Growth

After purchasing the PVR Passport, I attended the 8:20 PM screening of "The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" at Select City Walk, New Delhi. As a fan of the last Apes trilogy, which I believe is one of the most underrated trilogies in cinema, I approached this new installment with mixed expectations.

The trailer hinted that the apes have now conquered the Earth, with humans extinct. I went into the movie with 50-50 expectations, and in retrospect, I was right to do so. The first half of the film felt rather lackluster; I found myself getting sleepy and struggling to stay invested. The opening scene featured Caesar's funeral, which I felt was unnecessary. The story is set roughly 300 years after Caesar's death, and while the buildup was decent, the introduction of the main character, Noa, didn't quite captivate me. The narrative felt slow, and without the presence of Caesar's dynamic character, there was a noticeable void.

During the first half, the story setup seemed predictable. I took a break during the interval to grab some popcorn and Pepsi, hoping to shake off the drowsiness. Thankfully, the movie picked up after the interval. The introduction of the villain added much-needed energy to the film. The actor delivered a commendable performance, dominating the screen effectively. However, by the final scenes, the villain seemed less imposing.

It's apparent that the filmmakers plan to extend this storyline into 4-5 films. They appear to be setting Noa up as the new Caesar, although I believe Noa should forge his own path rather than trying to replicate Caesar's legacy. In the concluding scene, Noa is seen with a telescope, suggesting that future films might explore themes of education and technological advancement among the apes. The presence of Mae, the girl, hints that she may play a role in educating the apes. There's a possibility that the apes might even venture into space, given the hints dropped about human capabilities and Noa's interest in the solar system.

Overall, I have high hopes for the upcoming movies. I would rate "The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" a 7.5/10. While the film establishes Noa as the leader of Eagle Village and sets the foundation for future stories, I felt it could have benefitted from more screen time for the villain and stronger, more impactful dialogues. With a solid base now in place, I anticipate Noa's development into a strong leader akin to Caesar, but with his unique journey and challenges.


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