Nova and Bad Ape in War for the Planet of the Apes

It may be the final chapter of the “Caesar Trilogy,” but War for the Planet of the Apes shows that the newly-born species of intelligent apes still have some way to go before they become the civilization that audiences first met in the 1968 movie. These apes can use guns and ride horses, but almost all of them still communicate using sign language rather than speaking aloud, and they don’t yet wear clothes. The movie does, however, offer a vision of the apes’ future in the form of Bad Ape (Steve Zahn): a chimp who was liberated from a local zoo, who learned to speak by imitating his captors (hence his name), and who wears a puffy jacket in order to stave off the cold of winter.

For humans, the future looks a little more bleak. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and a small group of his closest friends stumble across a young ...

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