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War for the Planet of the Apes
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

That was incredible.  Just a hair above Dawn, subjectively.  Yes, the blockbuster spectacle of beautifully filmed action and visuals is doubled here, but so is the storytelling, characters and motivations, and world building.  Out of all 3 recent 'Of the Apes' films, this is without a doubt the darkest one in terms of cinematography, tone, atmosphere and plot.  This movie wastes no time, as in the first ten minutes alone is an explosive, gritty and in-your-face battle sequence in the dirty, muddy and rainy jungle just outside of Caesar's colony.  The film does slow down a little bit when the 'primitive' little girl and circus monkey(who provides the comic relief) characters are introduced, but not in the boring sense.  The Colonel, portrayed excellently by Harrelson, is without a doubt the most vicious human antagonist of the three films, yet simultaneously his motives are justifiable, though his approach to the war teeters between heroism and cold-blooded ruthlessness.  His character reminded me of Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now oddly enough.  Caesar is at his most vulnerable here, becoming an even more 3-dimensional character.  He also talks throughout the entire film, something I as a viewer loved to hear.  Enough rambling though.  This might be the best blockbuster of the year.