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The Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy that has been playing out since 2011 has brought audiences on an amazing cinematic ride. Not only have the movies all been intensely thrilling and fun, but it's also simply been a jaw-dropping experience watching the evolution of the various ape characters on screen (led by Andy Serkis' performance as Caesar). It turns out the latter part was something that writer/director Matt Reeves was very keen on deeply exploring with the trilogy capper, War For The Planet Of The Apes, which is why it's the first in this particular series to have every scene include an ape. The director recently said,
Along with Weta's Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon, we had the chance to sit down with Matt Reeves during a New York press day for War For The Planet Of The Apes earlier this month, and part of the conversation included a breakdown of what makes the new movie standout from its predecessors. While discussing the development of the sequel following the making of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the director highlighted exactly what it is about the franchise that he loves, and what he wanted to do with the third title as a result of that love.
Matt Reeves explained that when he went to go see Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he was amazed by the fact that the movie wound up being from a completely different perspective than he had gone in expecting. It was this surprise that led him to take on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which ultimately gave him the ability to push that envelope even further. Said the filmmaker,
It's worth noting that War For The Planet Of The Apes isn't entirely without its human characters, as they still play the primary antagonist role in the movie, but the change in perspective that Reeves talks about is real. While there were multiple scenes in both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that were driven by James Franco's Will or Jason Clarke's Malcolm, War For The Planet Of The Apes marks the first time you are seeing it all play out from the experience of our genetic cousins.
Of course, this transition could wind up leading to something perhaps even more special in the future. Specifically, it is likely that technology has gotten to a point where it is very possible that an entire movie can be made with only ape characters and no humans -- similar to what franchise fans got with Battle For The Planet Of The Apes back in 1973. As Matt Reeves directly points out, it would be a serious challenge for any filmmaker to take on -- but it's through taking on projects like these that help the industry advance.