War for the Planet of the Apes

Thank God people can’t really travel into the future, as they do in Planet of the Apes, because then moviegoers from 1973 might land in our time, discover that one of the summer’s biggest releases is a remake of the lamebrained Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and die of shock. The idea of rebooting the Apes franchise by revamping the last two installments of the original series worked well enough in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), when the talking ape Caesar (Andy Serkis in a motion-capture performance) pulls away from his human family and marshals his simian pals against humanity. At this point, however, the apes have formed their own society in the forest, communicating through captioned sign language; the more engrossing intraspecies relationships have disappeared, and the simian ones lack the verbal wit that animated the original series. Matt Reeves directed.