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5 Things to Know Before Seeing ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’

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Amid a summer strewn with tentpoles panned by critics before disappointing at the domestic box office, Apes boasts a steller 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has gotten reviews that summer tentpoles don’t traditionally receive. THR’s Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals (“the sheer beauty of the film is intense,” he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin “intoxicatingly” captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive for blockbuster audiences.

Similarly, The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw commends the movie for being “utterly confident in its own created world, and in the plausibility of its ape characters, who are presented quite unselfconsciously and persuasively.” IndieWire‘s Eric Kohn, who might be less wildly enthusiastic about the movie as a whole, still notes that War is, for large periods, “simply a marvel of morbid imagery rarely seen in this kind of American movie.”

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