War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Following the epic last battle from then leader, Koba, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes still remain fighting for their lives against the humans who want the apes extinct. The apes are now forced into a deadly conflict with a large, manipulated army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After Caeser suffers the tragic loss of his wife and son, vengeance is the only thing on his mind. While the rest of the apes seek to find a new home, Caesar sets out on his own mission to finish the colonel once and for all. Once Caesar finally meets the colonel, a whopping battle takes place to determine the fate of both of their species.

The Planet of the Apes trilogy that we have been watching for the past few years has only seemed to have gotten better and better. Rumor has it that War is going to be the last film that the franchise has to offer us. Well, at least, for now, that is the word on the street. Is this a happy conclusion to the franchise you may ask? No, but only because there still seems to be some life left in these films and it would be sad to see it all end, even if the three films have been perfect.

That said, War For The Planet Of The Apes may quite possibly be the best film of 2017 so far. If the rumors are true and this does happen to be the end of this incredible franchise, with almost no flaws from any of the movies, then job well done. Even with the incredibly amount of overwhelming scenes and dialogue, War provides enough action and smartness to capture the viewers attention throughout and is undoubtedly the best summer blockbuster that you will see this year. And a lot of that credit goes to Andy Serkis who has mastered this character.

Following the prior two films I was a tad bit worried that this was not even going to be remotely as good as the previous two, but War gave us a story that actually works, and works better than the first two films. Even though this franchise has made its fair share of money, it’s clear that director, Matt Reeves was not just in this for the money because he wanted to expand on the previous film and continue an awesome story. And that’s exactly what the audience gets with War. It’s exciting, fun and at often times a little tense.

Overall, War For The Planet Of The Apes is the summer blockbuster that people have been waiting for. It’s extremely emotional, exciting and an all-around fun ride. If this is truly the end of this heavily underrated franchise, the finish was well worth the wait.

5/5

 

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Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)

After much pain and agony, it’s finally back!

A lot of events have taken place since The Return Of The Jedi. A major issue occurring is that after a long time of searching, Luke Skywalker is hiding and nobody has any idea of where he is located. Thirty years have gone by since the defeat of the Galactic Empire and the galaxy now faces a new threat, even though it seems as if things were going to start slowing down. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is the leader of the First Order, which is the new enemy. The Resistance is still in full effect and in order for them to be able to defeat the First Order, they need to find a small droid that holds a map that will lead to Skywalker’s whereabouts. The droid itself is with a young girl named Rey (Daisy Ridley). Along her journey, she meets up with Finn (Jon Boyega), a former Storm Trooper of the First Order that now wants to convert to the Resistance. In order to defeat the First Order and make sure the Resistance stays strong, Rey and Finn have to make sure this droid stays by their side.

It’s been quite a while since the release of the last Star Wars movie. I waited a little while to write my review because I wanted everyone to kind of calm down somewhat about how awesome this new installment actually was. I actually had to see it twice because I needed to find out if I was just happy because it was back. The fact remains that director, J.J. Abrams really did something awesome with this movie. The last three movies are considered to be disasters by many people and that is what really had me worried about this new movie, but I thought Abrams did everything right with this. As excited as I was for this release, I tried so hard to not have high expectations, due to the fact that the last three were not all that good. Fortunately, I am pleased to say that The Force Awakens is an absolute must-see film. Movie theaters are going to be packed with people for a few more weeks to come.

All in all, I think we can say that this might be the best installment that Star Wars has offered us. I just felt like everything about this movie worked and worked well. I even really enjoyed the acting in this. Daisy Ridley kind of came out of nowhere with this movie and she pretty much killed it, but in a great way. This is the kind of acting I really enjoy to see because everything about it was surprising and great. The number one person who shocked me more than anybody else was Adam Driver. Having know he was going to play the role of Kylo Ren, I was very skeptical about what to think. I wasn’t sure if he was going to ruin this movie or pull off something great. The only way I can really picture that guy is in HBO’s, Girls, saying “Hannah I’m sick of your shit.” Driver really showed that he can be a bit of a bad-ass and play the part well. He had a great voice for the role, so I believe that this was definitely the right move to cast him.

It seems as if many people have some issues about everything with Harrison Ford being in this and how it kind of takes you back to the way everything was in 1983. I didn’t mind that as much because I really liked how everything was tied in with him, Princess Leia, and Kylo Ren. I loved who this movie was filled with tons of energy from start to finish. Even though this movie was not all that original and did not really present a whole new idea, J.J. Abrams really stuck to what the fans of Star Wars wanted to see and I really cannot complain about that. I left one hundred percent satisfied with this film. What had me the most excited was that this movie could have been a total disaster and it wasn’t in the least bit. The Force Awakens has probably been seen by most of the world by now, but if you haven’t seen it yet, or if you are interested in getting into the Star Wars films, this may be a great way for you to do that.

Overal, The Force Awakens does everything in its power to please and entertain the fans of Star Wars. With great directing, acting, and effects, I cannot wait to see what the next installment has in store for us.

Grade: A

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)