As teased yesterday, 20th Century Fox released the third and final trailer for their upcoming, and quite massive War for the Planet of the Apes. Returning to direct the film is Matt Reeves as he takes the conclusion of his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and leaps two years into the future where Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. But after the apes suffer incredible losses, Caesar wrestles with his inner darkness and begins his own quest for revenge.
I’m over-the-moon excited for this film. In a summer full of incredibly anticipated movies (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, and much more), I can easily say War is at the top of the list for me. Not only have the trailers look magnificent, and not just from an action standpoint, but character or story as well, but it had a preceding film that absolutely crushed it when it came to anything. And thankfully, with Reeves returning, the highly-anticipated threequel looks to have picked up right where the previous left off, just with a much bigger flair.
But as for this trailer, surprisingly, it isn’t my favorite of the three, and I’m okay with that. I remember, going back to Dawn, and losing my mind over the second trailer for that film. I did the same for War. I knew going into this trailer, it be very tough to beat an incredibly well put together second trailer. I liked it, I liked it very much. It shows some very cool new shots and reveals even better dialogue, but the second trailer, overall, is the one that will either get you excited or not (are you insane?!) for this film.
On a side not, how refreshing is it receiving a final trailer for a film two months before it’s released? These days, it’s shocking to see some marketing campaigns that release trailer after trailer leading into the week of its release (*cough* Wonder Woman *cough*). Now I know we’ll be getting more than enough TV spots and probably a handful of clips and bts videos, but a lot of that will consist of already seen footage. How great is it to know that the footage prior to the movie has revealed close to nothing? I don’t know about you, but it gets me that much more excited.
What about you? Are you all-in on War this summer? Or will you be waiting to see what people have to say about the latest Apes entry? Check out the trailer below and after doing so, let me know your thoughts in the comments! Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes swings into theaters on July 14th, 2017 and stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, and Steve Zhan.