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Is War for the Planet of the Apes On the Right Course?

December 10, 2016 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

The first trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming hit this past week and people went crazy over it and the new web slinger, Tom Holland. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance for Peter Parker following last year’s Captain America: Civil War.

While everyone was, rightfully, talking about Spider-Man, another trailer dropped. While it didn’t have the same buzz, it’s certainly worth talking about.

Back in 2014, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes became the highest-grossing movie from the Planet of the Apes franchise, pulling in over $700 million worldwide at the box office.

Not bad for a relaunch that wasn’t expected to go past one movie, like Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes.

2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes beat expectations both critically and at the box office. Rise took in $481,801,049 over its $93 million budget and a sequel was immediately greenlit.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes raised the bar even more in 2014 and many found it a stronger movie than the first. Audiences seemed to think so and Dawn made $707,498,744 in worldwide grosses.

The producers were so confident in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that a third movie was planned even before production had completed fro Dawn. From the looks of the first trailer, the Planet of the Apes franchise is stronger than ever.

In War, the action takes place two years into humans battling apes, and Caesar’s legend among his kind has achieved mythic levels. Along with showcasing some engaging action sequences, War for the Planet of the Apes focuses on Caesar and his apes who are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel,” reads a synopsis from the studio.

“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.”

Director Matt Reeves described the movie:

“The movie starts and it’s a straight-ahead battle/war movie and when Caesar decides he’s going to go on a vendetta against the Colonel, it becomes almost for a period like a western. Because he’s going to go on his own, he feels it’s too dangerous for the apes, he’s going to go and get Woody and his closest compadres, Maurice the Orangutan, Rocket, and Luca. They basically see that as a suicide mission, they don’t want him to go alone, they want their leader to return.”

As the film begins, we are two years into the fight. The [battles] which began in the city have moved into the woods, because the apes have the advantage of being able to know the area like the back of their hands. They don’t have tanks, they’re not armed the way the humans are, they have to scavenge weapons, and make their own weapons, and use their intelligence and find a way to survive.

War for the Planet of the Apes comes to theaters July 14, 2017. Are you excited?