War for the Planet of the Apes was an excellent way to close out a successful trilogy, as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes had an epic showdown with a human army led by an unrelenting leader named Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Although the picture grossed over $490 million worldwide, the feature was still one of this year’s more underrated films (its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, grossed over $710 million worldwide). Along with another excellent performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar, Harrelson was also memorable as the antagonist, and their anti-climactic final conflict, at least in my opinion, was one of this year’s most surprising cinematic moments.
Click on the media bar below to hear Serkis talk about the “brilliantly real” CGI behind War for the Planet the Apes:
The Blu-ray’s special features include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, several featurettes on the making of the film, and a plethora of deleted scenes (with optional commentary from Reeves). One of the deleted scenes, however, is worth watching especially if you’re a fan of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequence features a discussion between Caesar and the Colonel which deals with the ultimate fate of Malcolm (Jason Clarke).
War for the Planet of the Apes is now out on on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Director Rob Reiner has tackled the presidency before with 1995’s The American President, and now he teams with Woody Harrelson in the biopic LBJ. Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling) co-stars as John F. Kennedy and Jennifer Jason Leigh is Johnson’s wife Lady Bird.
Though the Kennedys have been immortalized on cinema (most notably with last year’s Jackie), projects on Johnson and his legacy on the political and social landscape has been few and far between. Running at a brisk 98 minutes, the feature will deal with Johnson’s challenges as president as he butts heads with Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and attempts to honor JFK’s legacy by signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
With War for the Planet of the Apes, Wilson, and The Glass Castle, Harrelson has been all over the screen this year, and the actor may receive an Oscar nod for at least one of these movies. Check out the trailer for LBJ below and tell us what you think!
War for the Planet of the Apes, the finest installment of the acclaimed trilogy, hits Blu-ray and DVD October 24 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
This time out Caesar (Andy Serkis giving an Oscar worthy performance) is on a quest for revenge after a ruthless man simply known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads an attack on his apes. After sustaining his share of tragedy, Caesar must devise a plan that fulfills his own personal vendetta and ensure the future safety of his apes.
Special features on the Blu-ray include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, deleted scenes with optional commentary from Reeves, a concept art gallery, and behind-the-scenes featurettes (“All About Caesar,” “WETA: Pushing Boundaries,” “Music for Apes,” “Apes: The Meaning of It All,” “The Apes Saga: An Homage”). The DVD version comes with the Reeves commentary, art gallery, and the “All About Caesar” featurette.
Overwhelmingly negative reviews didn’t stop The Dark Tower from debuting at #1, as it made $19.5 million at the box office. Considering the flick was budgeted at $60 million, The Dark Tower should make a profit for Sony. Coming in second was Christopher Nolan’s epic WWII flick Dunkirk ($17.6 million). Charlize Theron’sAtomic Blonde dropped to seventh place in its second weekend. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. The Dark Tower – $19.5 million
2. Dunkirk – $17.6 million
3. The Emoji Movie – $12.3 million this weekend and to date it’s made over $49 million domestically.
4. Girls Trip – The sleeper hit of the summer makes $11.4 million. Domestically, the $19 million budgeted comedy grossed over $85 million.
5. Kidnap – Halle Berry flick has a weak debut with $10.2 million.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – This weekend it makes $8.8 million and it’s closing in on $300 million domestically.
Dunkirk was the #1 movie over the weekend as it took in $28.1 million and beat newcomer The Emoji Movie which, despite horrible reviews, still managed a second place finish ($25.6 million). Charlize Theron’sstar power was not enough for Atomic Blonde which finished at #4 with $18.5 million. This weekend’s top 10:
1. Dunkirk – $28.1 million
2. The Emoji Movie – $25.6 million
3. Girls Trip – Continues its strong run with a $20 million weekend.
4. Atomic Blonde – Action flick performs below expectations. Still, with a $30 million budget, the picture should make a profit for Focus Features.
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spidey is officially back, as it makes $18.5 million and to date has grossed over $280 million domestically.
6. War for the Planet of the Apes – $10.3 million
7. Baby Driver – $4 million
8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – A precipitous dip for this awesome sci-fi flick, which unfortunately didn’t find a sizable audience stateside.