The New 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Trailer Looks Like a Remake of 'Logan'

Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 11:37AM
War for the Planet of the Apes
Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 11:37AM
The New 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Trailer Looks Like a Remake of 'Logan'
Image credit: 20th Century Fox
Hollywood seems to have a thing for non-traditional gruff cowboys learning to care for little girls at the moment. First, there was Logan, in which a grumpy, aging, hairy protagonist initially rejects, but grows to love a preteen girl. The movie has warmth and heart, which comes primarily from seeing such a battle-worn old cynic slowly opening his heart.

Now, the same movie is coming to theaters again, except this time the grumpy, aging, hairy protagonist is played by Andy Serkis in a CGI monkey costume.

At least, that's the message that's most apparent from a new trailer that's been released for War for the Planet of the Apes, which makes the film look so tonally and thematically similar to Logan that it's hard not to wonder whether Twentieth Century Fox's intention here is to build on their own success as they ape their own movie (pun definitely intended). Here's the trailer:



Nova's been a part of the movie's marketing for quite some time, and a lot of the mystery of the upcoming film is the question of how director Matt Reeves will solve the enormous timeline problem that she presents—Nova is somehow still around in two thousand years, and looks youthful enough for time-travelling astronaut George Taylor to want to date her during the original Planet of the Apes.

Perhaps, though, this name is a misdirection, as the more important thing here is how the apes of Caesar's society react to, and begin to accept, a small human. This mute Nova could well be the future of the human race, the mother of an entire species of verbally dumb homo sapiens who are treated like cattle by subsequent generations of angry primate overlords.

It seems that either way, Nova will definitely provide some kind of emotional epiphany for Caesar, as he learns to rekindle the bonds of friendship that he had with humanity back when he was palling around with James Franco. It seems, though, that this epiphany might come a little too late, as the trailer suggests that Caesar will experience it while locked in a cage—presumably by Woody Harrelson's more talkative band of ape-hating human survivors.

Considering that there's only really one way this can all end (spoiler alert: it involves human enslavement and a very sandy Statue of Liberty), it's worth assuming that when it comes to depressing nontraditional cowboy movies, fans of Logan haven't seen anything yet.

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