‘War’ is a fitting end to an amazing trilogy

By: 
FINES MASSEY ◆ FMASSEY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Andy Serkis is one of the greatest actors working today, but most people probably don’t know his name and most certainly don’t know what his face looks like.

Serkis has revolutionized the world of motion capture acting, turning in some of the greatest performances of the past decade though through the magic of computer animation you’d never know it was him.

Do you remember how creepily realistic Gollum was in the “Lord of the Rings” films? Thank Serkis, who voiced and acted as the greedy creature. What about the human element added to Peter Jackson’s “King Kong?” All that credit goes to Serkis.

His latest (and greatest) creation through motion capture is the protagonist of the “Planet of the Apes” reboot series. Serkis’ brings Caesar, the leader of an intelligent group of apes, to life. In the newest entry into the series, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” a combination of Serkis’ acting skills and top-of-the-line technology blurs the line between what is real and what is fake.

Usually you can spot a CGI character a mile away, but here there is so much attention to detail, so much work put into making these characters part of the world, that you would swear at times that the computer generated walking upright, talking apes were just as real as their human actor counterparts.

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