If you love yourself a good Planet of the Apes movie, I am pleased to inform you that the wait is finally over! Well, not really. It’s partially over…. but the new trailer is here! This past Friday, 20th Century Fox released the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the upcoming third (and presumably final) chapter in their wildly successful Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy.
Set a couple of years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we find the legendary ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his super-intelligent race of primates caught in a brutal war with the remnants of humanity, this time led by a ruthless military leader known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Sadly forced into the same war that Caesar and his human friend Malcolm (Jason Clarke) fought so hard to prevent in the previous film, the apes and humans will engage in a final, climactic conflict that will inevitably lead to the fulfillment the ape’s destiny as the dominant species on the planet.
I am absolutely giddy for the latest installment of this franchise. To be perfectly honest, when I first saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes in theaters six years ago, I was confident that it was going to suck…big time. Understand, this was around the time when we began to notice Hollywood’s addiction to reboots and remakes of beloved film franchises, and more often than not, these “reimagining’s” as they were often called, were at best, tone-deaf disappointments, and, at worst, abjectly terrible insults to their source material.
At the time, there was no reason to think any differently of this particular reboot. But, lo and behold, as I walked out of that theater in 2011, I was delightfully shocked to have witnessed a genuinely great film, featuring a compelling plot, sympathetic characters on both sides, and a masterful motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis (You still got it, Sméagol)! And when I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014, against all odds, it turned out to be superior to it’s predecessor (something that has ALWAYS been rare in Hollywood)!
With the cherry-on-top that is Matt Reeves returning to the director’s chair for the third time, I have no doubt that War for the Planet of the Apes will keep the tradition alive when it hits theaters on July 14, 2017.