The long-awaited Planet of the Apes sequel just hit theaters and fans are already calling out the monkey business

RON RAFFETY, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Charlton Heston launched a massive franchise back in 1968 with the original Planet of the Apes movie and its four sequels.

There have been two reboot series since then – one starring Mark Wahlberg – as well as four more feature films.

And the long-awaited Planet of the Apes sequel just hit theaters and fans are already calling out the monkey business.

WOKE OR WATCH review of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes takes place “generations” after the era of the evolved chimpanzee, Caesar, came to an end.

In this new era, the apes are using human technology to rule the world.

Meanwhile, humans have evolved into non-verbal and primitive savages who live in hiding.

The apes live in different clans, but the new Caesar, Proximus, is gathering up all the clans and preaching about how they’re “stronger together” before essentially forcing them into slavery.

The movie follows an ape named Noa from a peaceful tribe that raises eagles, an orangutan named Raka who is a member of a secret society that tries to keep Ceasar’s message alive, and a very special human named Mae with lots of secrets.

The three are on a quest to free Noa’s clan from the chains of Proximus, with Mae having her own secret side mission.

But is it woke?

The movie contains the Hollywood-favorite feminist trope of “anything a man can do a woman can do better.”

Young Mae – played by the beautiful and talented, Freya Allen – can do no wrong.

Despite being diminutive and lacking any muscle mass, she somehow managed to survive in a world full of massive monkeys that hunt humans for sport – and she does it while looking clean and beautiful and having perfectly groomed hair and eyebrows.

Despite her slight stature, Mae can easily kill someone three times her size with a choke hold.

Mae starts the movie righteous and always right and ends the movie righteous and always right.

Along with the “girl boss” theme, the moral of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes seems to be “diversity is our strength.”

It’s drilled into the audience’s head that Caesar believed this way and the world had known no better time than under him.

However, there is a strong hint that the movie’s main villain, Proximus, is an allegory for Donald Trump, or at least what the radical Left believes him to be.

Proximus holds massive rallies and preaches an “Ape First” agenda.

He talks about apes standing together against all foreign contenders to build a better future where they can live their best lives.

In other words, Proximus was telling his supporters that he will Make Apes Great Again.

Woke or Watch rates Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes as Trump Derangement Syndrome woke, with Proximus’ version of MAGA being just as evil in the story as Hollywood elites believe Trump’s version is in real life.

But is it any good?

The biggest issue with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes isn’t its woke narrative.

One could easily watch the movie and completely miss the Trump metaphor.

But what viewers can’t miss is that the movie is pretty boring.

The movie starts off building an interesting premise, but it does this very slowly and with lots of repetition.

But then the movie goes off in another direction that is filled with dialog, history lessons, missed opportunities, and hints at secrets that end up uninteresting in the end.

Furthermore, the audience isn’t even introduced to Proximus until the last quarter of the two-hour and twenty five-minute movie.

There are only two human actors in the entire movie and one of them, played by William H. Macy, is barely on screen.

Audiences are left watching poorly constructed CGI apes for almost the entirety of the slow-moving movie.

On the plus side, there are a few fun battle scenes and the Raka orangutang character is a scene-stealer.

But Woke or Watch rates Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes as not worth the time unless you’re a completionist who also happens to be a massive fan of the franchise.

But even then, odds are that you’ll be left disappointed.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.