*This is one of eight films that I saw during a summer traveling around Europe. I did not write full reviews for these movies, but I have shared mini-reviews that were originally posted on social media to Sitting In The Cinema*
War for the Planet of the Apes.
Breathtaking. Blew me away.
I'd argue that it's the best and most audacious blockbuster since Lord of the Rings. I thought Rise of the Planet of the Apes was solid entertainment and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was mediocre, but this is a new echelon.
See it. Ready yourself for ethical questions and difficult themes handled with true heft, underpinned by masterful cinematography and score. Stunning action, special effects, and character work fit right into the simian philosophizing with little to no issue.
And someone give Andy Serkis a damn Oscar.