War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes ★★★★½

The logical conclusion to Caesar's birth - a relentlessly bleak holy crusade waged by humans against their superior simian creations. The fact that this is a summer tentpole is just remarkable, as its relentlessly bleak and tiptoes right up to the line of being cruel. We'd be lucky if every blockbuster franchise put this much stock in genuine pathos and dramatic stakes, all while pushing CGI into new emotional territory. Reeves has got the goods. Keep him as far from Batman movies as possible.

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