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Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes

War For The Planet Of The Apes
The Apes franchise has followed a pretty predictable release pattern thus far: they arrive with nary a fanfare smack bang in the middle of summer blockbuster season and subsequently smash the low expectations they set. Rise and Dawn were both sleeper hits, but War For The Planet Of The Apes brings with it a little too much baggage. Hung heavy with the weight of expectation, it is a largely bleak and downbeat affair: if this is to be the climactic part of the Apes saga, it feels like a graceful and dignified exit, but you can't help but think it could have gone out with more of a bang.

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Posted by maff at 01:19 on 15/07/17
I was expecting nukes. You can't call your movie War for the Planet of the Apes, declare it the end of the trilogy, cast Woody Harrelson as a mentally unhinged military leader sitting on a cache of WMDs, and not end the movie on a massive nuclear conflagration. Do these people not realise that the Apes movies aren't supposed to have happy endings? Yes, the CGI is very nice, but I'd rather have Roddy McDowall or Maurice Evans underneath rubber masks any day because they were playing actual *characters* with *dialog*, not special effects delivering sign language.
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