Expectations weren’t exactly high when Rise of the Planet of the Apes was first announced. Hollywood has a tendency to drive franchises into the ground, and even worse, they have a tendency to revive ones that are destined to be dead on arrival. This seemed to be the case with Apes. This was a franchise no one was asking to be revived, and as one of the staples of the science fiction genre of film, we didn’t want to see it crash and burn as it did with the 2001 remake from Tim Burton.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out and stunned audiences. More than any other Apes film before it, it was a nuance piece of emotional storytelling. That only increased with its sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel featured more action and upped the stakes to one of Shakespearean magnitude, but it never lost its emotional core.
With the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, the stakes, once again, seem to be upped to include the fate of all mankind. Yet, I remain confident in the steady hand of director Matt Reeves. He proved with that second film that he knew how to go big without losing heart, and if the trailers have been any indication, he seems to have succeeded yet again.
This latest footage — while being advertised as a “clip,” is really a series of scenes involving the human girl that the apes find. If there had been any doubt in my mind prior to seeing this clip (there wasn’t) that this capper to the trilogy would fall victim to going too big too soon, this would immediately quash that fear. As with previous movies, this one looks like it’s wisely chosen to indulge in the quiet, more human moments that help solidify the relationships. After all, what good is any of the action without these moments?
The official synopsis for War for the Planet of the Apes is below:
“In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. 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 their species and the future of the planet.”
What did you think of this footage? Is this film shaping up to be everything you want it to be? Let us know your thoughts down below!
War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.
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SOURCE: 20th Century Fox