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‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Reigns Supreme 

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the fourth movie in the franchise.

The newest “Planet of the Apes” movie is now playing, and it’s the wildest one yet.

My experience seeing it was wild, too. My friend and I got tickets (for about $20 each) to see “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” in 4DX, and I realized this is how every movie should be experienced. It was like a rollercoaster ride – moving seats, wind and smoke machines, sprays of water, flashes of lightning… it made me feel like I was right alongside the apes throughout the movie.

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is the fourth movie in the “Planet of the Apes” franchise. It picks up hundreds of years after the first three movies, long after the previous main ape, Caesar, is gone. Earth is controlled by apes, now living in tribes in the ruins of human civilization. It stars Freya Allan as Nova, Kevin Durand as Proximus, and Owen Teague as Noa.

The movie follows the ape Noa, and his quest to find his village after they’re taken by a mysterious, growing kingdom of apes led by one who calls himself Proximus Caesar. Still not convinced you should check it out? Here’s three reasons why you need to go out and see this movie.

One. It’s more fantastical. “Kingdom” lets itself have a little more fun with the premise than the previous movies did. There are apes that control an army of eagles, apes that lead a society modeled after Ancient Rome… it’s “Lord of the Rings” but with monkeys.

Two. Another orangutan! Maurice was the orangutan in the last three movies, and he was by far the fan favorite character. This movie has one named Raka, and he’s bound to be the new favorite of this era in the franchise. Played by Peter Macon, the actor nails the cadence and physical performance of what a non-human role entails.

In an interview with FilmIsNow, when asked if the physical aspect was what attracted Macon to the project, he responded by saying, “Absolutely, yeah. When you have the opportunity to work with your body, my instrument, my voice, all demanding equal attention, it’s the feast of what being an actor is about.”

Three. The experience. I had a wonderful experience watching this movie, and that’s really what it’s all about at the end of the day. I heavily recommend watching it in 4DX, since you get taken along the journey with the main character. You should also bring your friends! Turning off your brain for a little bit and watching a movie about some monkeys will make for the perfect afternoon.

 

 

By Inti Navia, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

All Platforms: @intinavia

 

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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