In the latest cinematic twist that’s bound to have both humans and apes swinging from the rafters, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes promises to be a barrel of fun and thrills, launching viewers several generations into the future where apes rule the roost, and humans, well, let’s just say they’re not exactly top of the food chain anymore. Brought to us by the odd minds at 20th Century Studios, this action-packed spectacle dares to ask, “What if Caesar’s empire was just the beginning?”
Directed by Wes Ball and boasting a cast including Owen Teague, Freya Allan, and the ever-charismatic William H. Macy, this flick is a testament to what happens when you mix evolutionary theory with a dash of Hollywood money. The screenplay, by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison, delves deep into a world where apes are the dominant species, but not all is as harmonious as it seems.
The plot thickens with Proximus Caesar, a bonobo with a Napoleon complex, who decides it’s high time for an empire expansion, much to the dismay of our hero, Noa, a young chimp with a heart of gold and a curious mind. Alongside Nova, a feral young woman with her own mysterious agenda, Noa embarks on a journey that’s sure to have audiences on the edge of their seats, questioning the very fabric of ape and human society alike.
What makes Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes particularly intriguing is its timely development, kicking off in the wake of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox and flowering amidst the global solitude of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is now poised to catapult us into its imagined world come May 10th, 2024.
For those of us at SFcrowsnest, the countdown has begun. Will Noa and Nova’s journey redefine the future for both apes and humans? Only time will tell. But one thing is for certain: the kingdom has expanded, and cinema will never be the same again. So mark your calendars, grab your popcorn, and prepare to be thrust into the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. It’s going to be a strange ride.