The last film in the original Planet of the Apes series is also the most disappointing. Roddy McDowall returns as Caesar, trying to lead apes and humans in peaceful coexistence. It’s interesting to see how the movie ties into all the previous installments, but Battle for the Planet of the Apes doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
The Planet of the Apes films were always low-budget movies, but it’s shocking how cheap this final installment looks. The sets and makeup are sub-par and the final battle look like nothing more than a minor skirmish. For Apes fans, there may be just enough of the old charm to make watching worthwhile. Singer Paul Williams is cute as a wise orangutan, and director John Huston makes a brief book-ended appearance.
Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)