The 2000s' Planet of the Apes trilogy has got to be one of the best made trilogies of all time. It may not have the cultural impact or astounding box office numbers of other successful trilogies, but it is definitely one of the most respected for delivering top quality story telling. Each one of these movies has been great. What's more is that I think each movie has improved upon the other. Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes is the best of the trilogy! I can't really think of a trilogy where the third is the best. Some might argue that the Lord of the Rings trilogy accomplished, although personally I liked Fellowship of the Ring the most.
This is an amazing film. The story, acting, character development, and cinematography are all top notch. The movie is less about the war between apes and humans and more about the war within the trilogy's protagonist, Ceasar played by Andy Serkis. Speaking of which...WOW what a performance. Serkis carries this movie so well and his character's journey of revenge and redemption is the heart of this movie. True to this franchise, the movie is filled with rich allegories and symbolism. It handles its themes and characters so well that you just get sucked in and forget you are watching a movie. Lastly, this is a BEAUTIFULLY shot film; the photography is so rich in layering and colors. I still think Ghost in the Shell is the best looking film of the year so far, but this is a close second.
Also, I have to mention Michael Giacchino's score...easily the best I've heard this year so far. So epic, moving, and appropriate for the tone of the movie. I found Giacchino's score for Spider-Man: Homecoming to be a bit underwhelming so it was especially satisfying to hear a great score from him again. Of all the film score composers working today, I think Giacchino is the best candidate to take up John Williams mantle after he passes away (which I hope never happens; I hope he drinks from The Last Crusade's Holy Grail and lives forever). I also noticed that the music editing was especially creative in how it helped create tension and relief for the audience.
Speaking of the audience, I had a great time sharing a few laughs with my fellow movie goers. There are surprisingly a few jokes in the movie.
Honestly I can't think of a single noteworthy flaw with this movie. The flaws I can think of are just nit picky. Matt Reeves is proving himself to be a standout director. I'm now even more pumped for him to direct the new Batman film.
Fresherd A all the way!
What did you guys think?