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.




The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 (2015)

All good things must come to an end, right? After Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is brainwashed by the capital, he attacks Katnis Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). This pushes her over-the-top and she is ready to fight and finish President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Now that there will be huge war going on, it is up to Katnis to be the leader for everybody, even though every move she is making is being planned out by President Coin (Julianne Moore). Coin and Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) are constantly working on what the plan will be to finish Snow once and for all. Katnis and the rest of the soldiers have to reach District 2 and then fight their way inside of the Capitol where they will find Snow. Katnis will do whatever it takes to make sure she reaches the capital and kills Snow and puts an end to all this madness.

Well, the past four years have been quite enjoyable while waiting for the next installment of The Hunger Games to come out. It was always a treat and something that I always looked forward to. With that being said, all things must come to an end, good or bad. Thankfully, this has been a rather good franchise and I’ve been happy with every film made, especially this one. What makes these movies sos special is that they are all movies that appeal to loads of people and are loved all over the world. With Mockingjay- Part 2, we definitely do feel like this is the end of Hunger Games. Even though there is definitely a bittersweet feeling here, it could not have gone out without a bigger bang. Regardless of Mockingjay- Part 1 being made only to make a crap load of money, it definitely redeemed itself with this new movie. For this, I am incredibly grateful and very happy.

Jennifer Lawrence has proved to be one of the best actresses in Hollywood, if not the best. She proves to everybody that she can play any role in any film. The Hunger Games are what kind of put her on the map and I’m definitely glad they did. Lawrence seemed like she really had an interest in playing Katnis. I even enjoyed Josh Hutcherson in all these films. I’ve never been one to really have an interest in the work he does, but with Hunger Games, he really does impress you. What’s great about this movie is that it feels like there is a huge amount of darkness and suspense revolving around it. I think Donald Sutherland appeared to be more creepy in this film then the first three. My favorite scene from this film was right at the end with him. I won’t tell you what it was because I don’t want to give away a spoiler, but you’ll know when you see it. I did however, think that Julianne Moore wasn’t all that great, but it’s still Julianne Moore, so we can let that one slide.

Mockingjay- Part 2 is the kind of movie that you hope to see when reaching the end of a great series. Similar to The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, this movie does everything right and will make you realize why you spent the last four years awaiting the release of the new movie. What’s especially great about this movie is that everything about it is interesting. While it definitely may be slightly too long, you can easily look past that because of how much is happening and how much action sequences we are given with this. If you are someone like myself who did not know the ending of this film, you will really enjoy what it gives you. Having said that, my major issue with the film was that the ending was incredibly predictable as the ending became closer and closer, but that doesn’t really matter. I would still not change a thing about this and want to thank the creators for giving us a franchise that we will love and cherish forever.

Overall, Mockingjay- Part 2 is a film that finally shuts the door to all of The Hunger Games. This movie is not only the last movie of the franchise, but it’s without-a-doubt the best one out of them. Thank you Hunger Games for providing us with four straight movies of excitement, entertainment and emotion. This is definitely a job well-done with these movies!

Grade: A

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

After everything that took place in the second Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, (Jennifer Lawrence) now has a lot on her plate to digest. She was taken in by District 13 and given the task to fight against the Capital and their leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss does not mind doing this, but there are a lot of deals that go along with it. President of District 13, Coin (Julianne Moore) wants her to be seen as the face of the new rebellion against the Capital so people will see her and want to join. Also, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) was kidnapped by the Capital in the last Hunger Games. Snow seems to be using him as a way to get Katniss to stop the rebellion.

Mockingjay – Part 1 is obviously the movie that was made to prepare you for an awesome ending to what was a great and successful film franchise. Having said that, this is a movie that was completely unnecessary to make. In comparison to the first two, it’s the one you try to forget about, but as I said, it’s setting it up for a grand finale! This is a movie that killed it in the box office and that is simply the reason it was made. With all the success the first two films had, it was without question that Mockingjay would bring in millions.

Mockingjay – Part 1 does what it can to provide the amount of anticipation for the finale, but it falls short of doing so. This is definitely a movie that could have been a lot better. If you are a Hunger Games fan, you will understand how disappointing this was. Mockingjay- Part 2 will be released in theaters in November of 2015. This will be a lot better than Part 1. I just felt as if nothing exciting was happening. It was a whole lot of preparing for how they are going to take down the Capital. This was definitely not the Hunger Games that we are used to.

For a while you can say this movie is enjoyable, but then you just come to understand that this is nothing but a cash grab. It leaves you disappointed with the lack of action it has. This was predestined to not satisfy you in any way. Really, nothing much happens at all. Once those credits start rolling, all the disappointment piles up in your head of what could have been a better start to a great finale.

Overall, Mockingjay – Part 1 is certainly not the Hunger Games we are used to. Quite frankly its fairly boring. You keep waiting for something awesome to start happening and it just never gets there. If you are a fan of the Hunger Games and have seen the other two, it’s a necessity that you watch this, but know that this is something that will disappoint you.

Grade= C (Okay)