– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a hell of a journey for Caesar and for the Planet of the Apes prequel franchise. This is one that, by all means, should have been terrible. It was a prequel to a series of films that had long since petered out, and the reboot from Tim Burton back in 2001 didn’t help things out much.

The world itself has also come a long way. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it started out as a thriving modern society, and by the end, the man-made virus spread, implying a downfall of the population. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes saw the true dawn of an ape-driven society. However, there were still humans left trying to fight back. Ironically enough, the true villains were not in the humans or the apes, but in the actions that fear drives each to do.

The journey is set to culminate in War for the Planet of the Apes. However, it’s a trilogy capper that’s several years in the making. As such, they can’t exactly expect folks to remember all that’s come before. To be fair, a complete knowledge of everything that came before isn’t really necessary to enjoy this flick, but it does help a little. With that in mind, the studio has thrown together a new featurette that walks us through those first two films, and shows how it’ll bring together the finale in War for the Planet of the Apes.

However, I do believe it worth mentioning that despite all the advertisements hinting at an epic conclusion, this film is anything but. It may have “war” in the title, but there really is little to no war to be seen. But that doesn’t take away from the emotional journey Caesar and the rest of his apes have gone through. It all manages to come together in a personal and rewarding way.

Are you looking forward to seeing the film? Let us know in the comments down below!

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

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SOURCE: 20th Century Fox

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.