Quick Take: War for the Planet of the Apes
The prequel trilogy of the Planet of the Apes has been one of the most surprising and solid franchises of the century. I loved the first two films and had incredibly high expectations for this one. While this is the bleakest entry of the series, and not quite as thrilling as its predecessors, I can't really say that this movie disappoints. It tells its story just the way it should and enriches the mythology of the rest of the series.
Once again, I'll never cease to be amazed that they can craft this trilogy around the amazing digital performance by Andy Serkis. He brings his Ceasar to life in a way that not many actors in the flesh even do with characters they themselves portray. His story continues to be worth telling, and I love that though we know where this story ultimately heads, it is still told in a way that lends for surprises.