The first shots in the ongoing War for the Planet of the Apes have been fired. Fox lifted the embargo on Matt Reeves' upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes early, meaning critics were able to weigh in on the July blockbuster weeks before it opened. This was a clear sign of confidence in Reeves' vision for a movie that's being described as the finale in a trilogy centered around Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his family of intelligent apes. And they are being rewarded with fantastic reviews.
The chatter already is starting to swirl that Andy Serkis might deserve Oscar consideration for the emotional, multi-faceted work he does (via motion-capture) as the lead ape, Caesar. In his review for USA Today, Brian Truitt writes:
It's not all positive, mind you. The Film Stage was less than impressed, writing:
But in general, War for the Planet of the Apes is being heralded as a powerful and worthy capper for the Caesar-led Planet of the Apes movies, which brings this chapter to a close but lays the groundwork for future Apes stories in another director's hands. The sequel opens in theaters on July 14. And head over here for a complete rundown of the rest of the movies opening in theaters in 2017.
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