December 10 2016

War for the Planet of the Apes trailer – Is this the end?

The War for the Planet of the Apes trailer has arrived, and it looks as though ‘war’ is not hyperbole.

Judging by this first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, it appears that this may be the end of the prequels. Those involved with this series of prequels have said that there is no set number of films planned as there are many stories to tell before the astronauts crash in the lake in the 1968 Planet of the Apes, but this trailer has a definite feeling of this being the end.

Check it out and see what you think.

I have really enjoyed the first two films in this series, and I’m super anxious for this third one to see where this goes. If this film ends with the apes having won the war and becoming the dominant species of the planet, then really the only question left is how humans lost the ability to speak. I have a feeling, however, that this may actually also be covered by the little girl we see Maurice the orangutan caring for. That is pure theory, but it would be a quick way to cover things. Perhaps children born after the plague have lost the ability to speak.

More movies after this might still be good, but there is a symmetry to trilogies. Perhaps it is time to close the book on these films and let us just enjoy three really solid (yes, I’m making an assumption about the third) movies and call it a day.

This, however, is Hollywood, and it notoriously does not let story structure or what is best for a narrative get in the way of making money. I could be wrong. A fourth film could feel natural, but my guess is this is where we will want to end it.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.

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