I thought Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best movie of 2014. It was so good I even thought it gave the original Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes a run for its money. It also did great at the box office, so it came as no surprise that 20th Century Fox would greenlight a sequel with Matt Reeves once again helming it.
The events of Dawn have led to all out war between man and ape, and this trailer is chock full of that kind of action. While we eventually know that the apes will prevail, when you look at what they have to go against, it seems impossible. Check out the War For the Planet of the Apes trailer below.
I get goosebumps just watching that trailer. Part of the reason is because of what came before and Reeves relying on character building in Dawn, rather than blockbuster spectacle. Sure there seems to be big action set pieces but you get the feeling of a lot of nuance.
What’s really interesting about these films is that we know where the series will eventually end up. Humans will basically revert to an almost caveman like state and most of the apes will keep them enslaved. Yet, the character we most identify with is Andy Serkis’ ape Caesar. The actor spoke with ScreenRant on set and compared the film to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Here’s what he said:
“It’s interesting, because we were looking at some pictures the other day, actually, of some photos of [Rise of the Planet of the Apes] and how much younger we all looked. And how our bodies looked buff and trim. And now we’re all sort of bent and twisted out of shape. It’s kind of like Boyhood in the jungle. It’s sort of apehood, really. We’ve now come together all these times and Rocket, as a character, his arc and his story. There are moments that resonate back to the origin. There are great moments that we’ve been able to play up there where it bounces right back to the beginning… “
I’m really curious what that last line means and where they’ll harken back to the original. This film will also set up the Jesus like mythos surrounding Caesar so it is possible that his story could come to an end here although I expect a fourth film where he basically subdues all of humanity.
I know the point of these prequels is to tie into the original Planet of the Apes, but I personally would like to see that film rebooted. There’s already a difference with the Icarus being a spacecraft going to Mars rather than another star system, as mentioned in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. So I would like to see a cyclical story from humanity’s point of view in the future.
War for the Planet of the Apes will premiere in theaters on July 14, 2017.