Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Final trailer for 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is intense, epic, and beautiful

Summer 2017 might not go down as the best season on record, but it has the potential to be an incredible time for cinema (although it's looking a little sparse from an arthouse perspective), and there are a good number of films worth getting excited about. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 already blew me away, and Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant is getting some pretty good reviews, making me excited to check it out on Thursday night. But looking beyond the immediate future, June and July feature some films that stand as my most anticipated of the year. Edgar Wright's Baby Driver will almost certainly be one of my favorite films of 2017, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk looks like a magnificent epic, and I have high hopes for superhero flicks like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman. Throw in a few small films like Atomic Blonde, Detroit, and It Comes at Night, and suddenly it's looking like a pretty damn good slate. But one of the few guarantees of the summer is undoubtedly Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes, the final chapter of the epic trilogy that has continually surprised critics and audiences. Not only will this likely be a massive box office hit- this thing could garner a little bit of Oscar attention along the way. Today, Fox released the final trailer for the film- check it out below!

This looks absolutely incredible, and I will honestly be hugely surprised if this movie ends up being anything less than great. Everything in this trailer is gorgeous, epic, and thrillingly emotional, and it looks like exactly the kind of series finale that gets made in the wake of films built on character and story. Reeves has crafted what looks to be one of the bleakest blockbusters in Hollywood history, a grim, snowy epic with a murky sense of morality and a death toll that will likely reach the thousands. But amazingly, thanks to the world that Reeves has created in this post-apocalyptic conflict between apes and humans, the focus won't be on the stunning action, but on Andy Serkis' Caesar and the choices he has to make as the planet of apes draws near. That's an incredible thing for a modern franchise to do, and it makes me hopeful for Reeves' take on Batman in the coming years. In short, War for the Planet of the Apes looks like some kind of jaw-dropping masterpiece, a film that audiences simply won't want to miss during this crazy cinematic summer. This is going to be special.

War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 14.

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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