As I've noted multiple times while discussing this film, I wasn't the biggest fan of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves brought a chilly, frightening feel to the film, but it felt like an incomplete part of a larger story. There was lots to love, but it just barely fell short of masterpiece status. With that in mind, I think it says a lot that I couldn't be more excited for War for the Planet of the Apes. Long title aside, this looks like it could very well be one of the summer's best blockbusters. Seriously, I can't believe we'll be getting this, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, and Atomic Blonde in the span of a month. War somehow looks even more grim and violent than Dawn, so brutal and so dark that I have a feeling Reeves is going to push to the boundaries of the PG-13 rating just like Christopher Nolan did with The Dark Knight. The large-scale action looks astounding, the motion-capture work on Andy Serkis' Caesar continues to grow more and more impressive, and I love the way that they call back on the previous installments in this trailer to give a sense of finality to the proceedings. Hell, I even adore the idea of a traitor ape fighting for the humans. This trailer is nothing short of epic, and if I'm being honest, it's the Apes movie that I've been waiting for since Rise shocked us all in 2011. If Matt Reeves can bring this same sense of brilliant dramatic style to The Batman, we're in for one hell of a film.
War for the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14.