War for the Planet of the Apes Clip

This week brings War for the Planet of the Apes to theaters, the third installment of the prequel trilogy that sets the stage for the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston. The praise for this film has been off the charts, including my own review, where I called the film astounding and easily “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade.”

For those who just can’t wait another day before the nationwide sneak preview screenings of War for the Planet of the Apes begin tomorrow evening, 20th Century Fox has a released a new clip from the movie. There’s a new character named Bad Ape in the movie (played perfectly by Steve Zahn), and in this clip, we see that he’s not exactly a fan of putting himself in harm’s way during a key moment in the film with Caesar’s ape ally Maurice (Karin Konoval).

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While The Batman is clearly the next priority for director Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War For the Planet of the Apes isn’t ready to leave that franchise behind. He wants to make more movies set in that universe and already has ideas for what they’d be about.
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war for the planet of the apes influences

The Bridge on the River KwaiThe Outlaw Josey WalesBen-Hur, and Apocalypse Now – these are a few of the classic films that inspired War for the Planet of the Apes. The battle of wills from David Lean’s classic and The Thin Red Line‘s “darker, more nuanced reflection of human nature” were key influences for filmmaker Matt Reeves. Before Reeves’ sequel, which our own Ethan Anderson called “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade,” hits theaters this week, he’s revealed a couple more influences, including Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Great Escape, and Paths of Glory.

Below, learn more about the War for the Planet of the Apes influences.

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Matt Reeves is riding high off the buzz and acclaim for his upcoming blockbuster masterpiece War for the Planet of the Apes, and it’s already got him thinking ahead about his next tentpole task: The Batman. Specifically, The Batman and its possible two sequels.

Reeves has said that he has been bouncing around ideas for a Batman trilogy within the DC Extended Universe. While he does plan to only focus on The Batman for now, Reeves has essentially admitted that he would be willing and eager to direct two more Batman films, should DC Films allow him to enact his vision. Hopefully, Ben Affleck could be persuaded to stick around for that long.

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Part of the reason Matt Reeves‘ take on the Planet of the Apes movies works so well is that as Caesar reluctantly fights his way through various conflicts with humans, you can feel the filmmaker’s distaste for war permeating the story. He’s able to successfully balance blockbuster spectacle with genuine emotion and makes us care about the characters, an important aspect of storytelling that can often get lost in films of that scale.

Fans of Reeves’ approach will be happy to hear that he plans on carrying that mentality over to his take on the Caped Crusader with his new Batman movie (which is supposedly called The Batman, but is still officially untitled). In a new interview, the director talks about how he wants to tell “a very emotional Batman story” and also takes a moment to praise Christopher Nolan‘s techniques in The Dark Knight trilogy.
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Fresh off the critical acclaim for his stunning War for the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves is set on bringing a visionary take to his next franchise project, The Batman.

Contrary to the grim, action-driven versions of Batman we’ve seen lately, Reeves says he wants to bring out the “noir” side in the World’s Greatest Detective. About time.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

With just over two weeks to go until War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, we’re hitting that final round of marketing where 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops to convince audiences who haven’t already made up their mind about the sequel to buy a ticket when the time comes. That means the footage in promos is starting to venture into spoiler territory, and that’s especially true when it comes to a new international trailer.

Fox Star India has debuted a new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes for audiences overseas, but since the internet knows no bounds, it’s available for all to see. However, let me say that if you’ve already decided to see this blockbuster sequel that yours truly called “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade” then do not watch this trailer. It gives away far too much, including one plot point from early on that serves as the catalyst for the rest of the film. You’ve been warned!

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Though the release of War for the Planet of the Apes is still over two weeks away, 20th Century Fox knows they have a winner on their hands and have unleashed the extremely positive reviews and word of mouth a little early. Last week, the studio held free fan screenings all around the world, as well as the first press screenings, and while we already delivered our own glowing review of the movie (along with one compelling observation about a particular shortcoming), there are plenty more voices to be heard.

We’ve assembled some excerpts of War for the Planet of the Apes reviews to give you a wider scope of how the sequel is being perceived. The reactions so far are extremely positive, though there are some who were not quite as impressed as the rest. Find out more in our War for the Planet of the Apes reviews round-up below. Read More »

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why an otherwise very good movie like War For the Planet of the Apes suffers from being indebted to other movies.)

War For the Planet of the Apes is a stunning capper to one of the greatest blockbuster trilogies ever. The reviews have flowed in praising the sci-fi film’s emotional heft and mind-blowing use of technology — our own review on /Film gave it a rare 10 out of 10 — and I can agree that it’s an example of the best of its genre.

And like many sci-fi genre films these days, War For the Planet of the Apes relied heavily on homages and parallels to popular genres of the past, from Westerns to Biblical epics. It seems to be a signifier of any intellectual blockbuster nowadays — how nimbly can they transform an established movie genre and appeal to the audiences’ esteem of the genre to which they’re paying homage? War For the Planet of the Apes is not the first nor the last to do this, and it does it marvelously. But are sci-fi blockblusters limiting themselves by giving deference to other genres before them?

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Matt Reeves‘ work on War for the Planet of the Apes is now done. He still has publicity rounds left, but now the filmmaker can spend a little more time working on The Batman. For his upcoming war movie, Reeves was influenced by the likes of David LeanClint Eastwood, and Francis Ford Coppola. For his next film, he’s already drawing inspiration from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

Below, read what Reeves had to say about his next feature.

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