There are a few movie series that immediately come to mind when ranking the greatest film trilogies of all-time. The Godfather, The Dark Knight, Lord of the Rings, are at the top of most people’s list and in recent years there has been an argument to add the Captain America trilogy to the party. However, there’s a dark horse contender that will be able to state its final case once the third movie is released next month, when War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters.
In 2011, the unexpected hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes reinvigorated the franchise, after audiences had seemingly written off the concept after Tim Burton’s misguided adaptation in 2001. Then Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) took over the reigns and took the series to even greater heights with one of the best films of 2014, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The state of the art visual effects is what initially was the draw. However, the performance of legendary motion capture actor Andy Serkis, combined with sincere character moments is what has made the series stand above normal popcorn fare.
The third film follows Caesar into the snowy mountains and details the conflict that leads to the pivotal war with humans, where the Earth becomes a planet of apes. The final trailer shows off the epic scale and action that we can expect, in addition to the aforementioned drama and storytelling that the series has established. War for the Planet of the Apes has been building towards the actual battle where the apes take over the planet and this looks to be what fans have been waiting generations to see. We find out next month!
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.
War for the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14th, 2017.