– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Whenever the third film of a planned trilogy is nearing its release, it’s always a little bit nerve-wracking. Will this film live up to the first two films, or will it crash and burn, making the previous two films just a little bit worse in retrospect? We faced similar feelings going into Spider-Man 3, as well as The Dark Knight Rises, and Toy Story 3, and we left the theater with various levels of success.

We are approaching the release of War for the Planet of the Apes, and the stakes are pretty high. Going into the first film of this trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, no one was expecting much of anything. Tim Burton had already pissed away any good faith audiences had in the property with his early 2000s remake,, and many were wondering why the studio even bothered with it. But the director of the film, Rupert Wyatt, had the priorities of the film straight, and we ended up with a character-focused film with a bit of a sci-fi edge. The second film in the trilogy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, saw Matt Reeves enter the director’s chair, and with it, an elevated set of stakes, and a more fitting Shakespearean-style story. It somehow managed to be even better than its predecessor, setting up this trilogy to be one of the best science fiction trilogies in history.

So how does War for the Planet of the Apes fare? Some folks had a chance to see the film already, and while they couldn’t yet post full reviews, they took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

This is all really great to hear. With the action looking to be elevated in this threequel, there is always the fear that the focus will shift away from the characters and on the action. Luckily for us, it looks like Reeves once again had his priorities in the right place. This looks to be a fitting capper to the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy — one that can proudly stand alongside the classic films with pride.

Here’s hoping that we feel the same once the film actually hits theaters.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.