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Duncan Gray's rating of the film War for the Planet of the Apes

Is there any current tentpole franchise with a bigger gap between the preposterousness of its premise and the somber mood of its presentation? Remarkable, then, how often this brooding crowd-pleaser gets away with it. Parts truly caught me off guard, and there's something about watching CGI creations reach new heights of photorealism while semi-rooting for the end of our own species that feels so very 2017.