Lots of comedy in 'War for the Planet of the Apes,' says director Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves says the film will be inspired by Westerns.

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'War for the Planet of the Apes' will have plenty of funny moments as per returning director Matt Reeves. Though the recently released trailer for the movie shows a gritty and dark film in the offering, the director insists on there being a lot of comedy.

Speaking exclusively to SlashFilm, director Matt Reeves said: "We have some great comedy, and just some truly magical things that happen along the way." When 'War' producer Dylan Clark, who was also part of the interview, suggested that comedy was not the right word of description, Reeves hit back saying "No, I don't think — I think it absolutely is."

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However, Matt Reeves clarified that 'War for the Planet of the Apes' was not going to be a comedy film; there will be comic scenes in relation to intimate character moments. Talking more about finding a balance between darker scenes and lighter moments, reeves referenced 'The Empire Strikes Back,' which had lots of comic moments between Yoda and Luke as well as Han and Leia. However, the 1980 film was noticeably more grim and mature than the 1977 movie.

Reeves revealed that the lighter moments of the film, would revolve around Caesar's interactions with a little girl, while he's out to take revenge for the murder of his fellow ape-mates by Woody Harrelson's ruthless colonel character.

Matt Reeves also talked about how the film was inspired by Westerns, especially Caesar's character, who feels a bit like Clint Eastwood in his younger days. "Andy [Serkis] could be kind of Clint Eastwood in a certain way. I mean, Andy is always quintessentially Andy, but that kind of badass thing sort of makes sense in this. And so it has all these Western influences," Reeves said.

Reeves added that they wanted to shoot this movie like a David Lean picture, with all its grandness. The movie was shot on the Arri Alexa65 digital camera, which Reeves incorrectly calls an 'Arriflex 65' as there's no such camera. The actual Arriflex cameras record images on physical celluloid film, not digitally. Lean filmed 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ryan's daughter' in glorious 65mm film. Though digital 65mm may not be as good as celluloid 65mm, it should look much better than standard digital projection, on an IMAX screen.

'War for the Planet of the Apes' will release in Singapore on 13 July, 2017.

This article was first published on December 14, 2016