Kingdom of the Planet of The Apes (2024): Movie review

Bramwel Oloo
Bramwel Oloo

It can be tricky to keep track of the Planet of the Apes franchise. The first film came out in 1968, and was followed by four sequels.

Tim Burton made an iffy attempt at a reboot in 2001. And then the series was revived in 2011 with a trilogy of prequels, concluding with War of the Planet of the Apes in 2017.

But now it’s time for some more monkey business. In the latest Ape-isode, directed by Wes Ball, intelligent chimps and orangutans have ruled the Earth for 300 years, and humans who can speak are a rarity.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is a 2024 American science fiction action film directed by Wes Ball and written by Josh Friedman. It is standalone sequel to War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). It is also the fourth installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise and the tenth film overall. It stars Owen Teague in the lead role alongside Freya AllanKevin DurandPeter Macon, and William H. Macy.

“We are a new chapter in this long legacy of movies since 1968, but still honour what came before us,” Ball said in ScreenRant. “We are an extension, a continuation of [the previous trilogy], but we have our own new characters and story, and it opens up new opportunities.”

Many years after the reign of Caesar, a young ape goes on a journey that will lead him to question everything he’s been taught about the past and make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

The Plot

The film takes place 300 years after the events of the War and follows the young chimpanzee, named Noa, who embarks on a journey alongside a human woman named Mae to determine the future for apes and humans alike.

In these sequel, humans are almost a rare sight with the apes having been on the throne for decades.

Then there is of course the fight between humans and the apes to assert dominance.

Noa finds himself at crossroads with members of a rogue clan that serve Proximus Caesar, who leads with a twisted version of the original Caesar’s teachings.

But he is also torn since he has made a friend in Mae who is nothing close to what Proximus says. And so the young chimpanzee takes his stand.

Noa also happens to have another ally in the form of eagles who fight on his side.

In the end, it is the good side that always wins. Did you expect anything else?

As the film pans out, Mae says farewell to Noa, standing firm that humans deserve their chance again as they were originally the dominant species. And then the two separate with Mae rejoining her fellow humans.

The film is on general release from 9 May 2024 and you don’t want to miss it.

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