'War for the Planet of the Apes' Clip Introduces the Oddly Lovable 'Bad Ape'

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 7:44PM
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 7:44PM
'War for the Planet of the Apes' Clip Introduces the Oddly Lovable 'Bad Ape'
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All things considered, it's really impressive what Matt Reeves has built with the Planet of the Apes prequel movies.

The first movie in the series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (directed by Robert Wyatt), features plenty of human characters alongside its colorful cast of CGI monkeys - the charismatic presence of James Franco distracts from the fact that Andy Serkis' Caesar isn't the best at full sentences. From Dawn of the Planet of the Apes onwards though, the franchise has spent more and more time without humans on screen, as apes with limited vocabularies and poor grammar communicate together through body language and facial expressions.

What's impressive is that this works, and works very well. With War for the Planet of the Apes, though, Reeves is just showing off, while simultaneously laying bare the fundamental key to making monkey talk worth watching. It's all about heart, as can be seen in a new clip revealing a character named 'Bad Ape' to the world.



It turns out, 'Bad Ape' is a bit of a misnomer. He's been showing up on posters and in other promotional materials, but this is the first time that audiences have got the chance to meet him, and it's hard not to feel affection from the guy. You just want to reach out and hug him.

A lot has gone into making Bad Ape so relatable, from his stature, to his warm winter coat, to his nervous physicality and the way he interacts with the mute Nova, to even his name. One might be forgiven for assuming that someone named "Bad Ape" might be a dangerous character, but once the earnest little monkey explains that he got his name from humans who more than likely mistreated him when he was a zoo animal, it's hard not to feel sorry for this lonely chimp who's been living alone for years.

Matt Reeves' great success with this movies is making the apes feel relatable and human, in spite of their stunted speech and animal appearance. Bad Ape is a fantastic example of just how well built the film's characters are, and this clip shows the incredible potential that motion capture technology holds for the future of modern cinema.

War for the Planet of the Apes comes out July 14, 2017.
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