Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom - A Dark Age unveiled: Our review and trailer

Published by Julie de Sortiraparis · Published on May 7th, 2024 at 05:21 p.m.
Discover the fate of apes and humans in the captivating Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Coming to theaters May 8, 2024.

The famous Planet of the Apes saga returns to the big screen with The New Kingdom, a film that promises to captivate fans and new viewers alike. Directed by Wes Ball, best known for The Labyrinth trilogy, this new opus follows in a line of films that have marked the history of cinema.

The synopsis plunges us into a world where apes have taken over, generations after Caesar's reign. Humans, reduced to a savage state, live in seclusion in this primate-dominated world. The plot centers on Noa, a young ape who, during a perilous journey, is led to question his past and make crucial decisions for the future of both species.

Ever since its first film in 1968, the Planet of the Apes saga has captivated audiences with its profound storytelling and technical innovations. With a cumulative worldwide box-office success of $1.7 billion, it has established itself as one of the most enduring and beloved franchises. This new entry in the series stands out for its dark, introspective approach, exploring themes of tyranny,identity and destiny.

The first trailer and poster for Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom offer a captivating glimpse of what's in store. With a blend of suspense, drama andaction, the film promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience, pushing the boundaries of what we've come to expect from a sci-fi movie.

Official trailer of the movie Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom (2024)



Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom poster

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Our opinion on the film Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom

Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom, directed by Wes Ball, continues the long tradition of the famous franchise that explored the complex dynamics between humans and primates. This new iteration takes place several generations after Caesar's era, in a world where the roles between humans and apes have been radically reversed.

The film introduces us to Noa, a young ape who, faced with a new tyrannical leader, embarks on a perilous journey that leads him to question established truths and make decisions crucial to the future of both species. This initiatory quest is not just an adventure, but a powerful vehicle for reflection on themes such as power, freedom and survival.

Wes Ball has succeeded in magnifying the story with a striking visual universe, in which luxuriant nature reclaims its rights over a ruined human civilization. This aesthetic is not just a visual pleasure; it reinforces the themes of renewal and natural domination. Motion capture techniques, inherited fromAndy Serkis, reach a new dimension of realism, bringing to life ape characters of remarkable expressiveness.

The performances, particularly those ofOwen Teague and Freya Allan, are convincing, making the characters both endearing and complex. Their ability to convey deep emotions through the technological mask of "performance capture" is one of the film's strong points.

Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom is a seductive film in terms of both narrative and visual ambition. We appreciate both the continuity with previous opuses and the evolution of the franchise, notably in the way the film tackles philosophical and societal questions through the prism of inter-species relations. Can humans and primates live together in harmony in a peaceful world?

In terms of engagement, the film excels with its moments ofhumor and emotion, particularly in the interactions between the apes. However, certain aspects of the script can seem predictable or drawn-out, and familiarity with the previous films is a plus to fully appreciate the subtleties of the story.

Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom is a robust, dizzying sci-fi film that manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking. It stands out for its technical prowess and its ability to make viewers think about universal themes, making it a worthy addition to the franchise. It's a film that, despite a few long takes, manages to captivate and offer a bold, thoughtful vision of thedystopian future originally imagined by the saga.

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Starts May 8th, 2024

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