“War for the Planet of the Apes” could be the greatest ending of a film trilogy ever

Film Review - War For the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, is receiving rave reviews from critics in advance of its July 14 release. As of Friday, the film boasted a 96% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes (48 positive reviews to just two negative ones).

War for the Planet of the Apes is a summer blockbuster that treats its audience as primates of a higher order. As War for the Planet of the Apes opens, Caesar and his cohorts defend their forest world against a battalion of human intruders. They’re able to corner this particular group of soldiers, though instead of killing them, they send the troops back alive to their colonel, as a message of peace. But the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a war-hardened loon with rogue ambitions of his own, will have none of it. He unleashes more violence against the peaceful apes, who are simply trying to rebuild their war-torn home. Caesar realizes he must fight back, though the real demon he struggles against is the angry legacy of Koba. (Koba, killed off in the last film, reappears in spirit in this one.) Read more…