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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Godzilla (2014)

Here’s a movie that came out this past summer that I really looked forward to seeing. Lieutenant Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor – Johnson), lost his mother (Juliette Binoche) in an accident involving radiation. We now fast forward 15 years and his father, Joe (Bryan Cranston) has been doing some research the past few years to try to figure out what made that incident happen. Once Brody is finished his service, something really bad is starting to go down. A giant creature is born and starts to destroy the city and everyone in it. The mad scientist behind this is  Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and he tells everyone that this creature that is born is nothing compared to something else that is out there.

Godzilla is the movie that everyone has been waiting for. It’s been over ten years since that awful movie with Matthew Broderick came out. I don’t even want to discuss that movie. This movie was eagerly awaited and talked about for a while. I couldn’t wait for this one to come out and I thought it was pretty good. I was very happy with the way this turned out. I couldn’t go into it expecting all that much because of the way the last one was, but this is a huge step up from that.

This movie is one where director, Gareth Edwards had almost an unlimited budget. They wanted Godzilla to look awesome. When I saw this in theaters I thought the size and appearance of the monster was dynamite. The result of the monster was great. Having said that, this is where the movie ran into its problems. There was not enough of the monster in it.

If Godzilla was in it more, this would be an awesome movie. The whole movie all you want to see are scenes of Godzilla and we see very limited of those. When the monster is away from the screen, the movie drags a little bit, but is still good overall. The characters are not as interesting as I would like, but for all you Breaking Bad fans, Bryan Cranston was awesome while in this movie. He has proven that he can do it all.

Ultimately, Godzilla needed to have more of the monster on-screen. That is what this really comes down to. I think the movie would have been a lot better if they had it on-screen for a longer time. This movie was not a letdown by any means. I really enjoyed watching this and think that it is definitely worth seeing. I just wanted to see more of the monster. That is really my main concern with this movie. I think the director delivered a hell of a fun time to watch and when you heard the roar from Godzilla, people were kind of freaked out in the theaters.

Overall, Godzilla did its job to entertain you and make the watching experience a lot of fun. This is something that I recommend you check out sometime.

Grade= B (Good)