Early ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Reactions Hype Emotional, Epic Finale

     June 16, 2017

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The early reactions to War for the Planet of the Apes are in, and the common refrain seems to be “hold on to your butts.” When 20th Century Fox rebooted the Planet of the Apes franchise in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, audiences were understandably dubious. But director Rupert Wyatt’s take on the material was pleasantly surprising, with stunning visual effects work and a tremendous motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis. The sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, doubled down on what worked from the first movie and layered in a hefty dose of social relevance thanks to director Matt Reeves’ decision to tackle issues of weaponization.

Reeves returned to helm War for the Planet of the Apes, which picks up a few years after the events of Dawn and finds the war between apes and humans in its final stages. Serkis’ Caesar now leads his apes on a Moses-like expedition on a path towards revenge against Woody Harrelson’s Colonel, and just as with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War sounds like it’s going to be an incredibly intense affair.

There’s an added level of anticipation here given that Reeves is also now attached to direct The Batman starring Ben Affleck once his duties on War for the Planet of the Apes are complete. The first screenings of War took place last night, and those who caught the screening took to Twitter to heap praise—and warnings of feelings—on the film.

Check some of the reactions below and check back on Collider for our full review on June 26th. War for the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 14th.

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