There's a very strong argument to suggest that The Planet Of The Apes modern trilogy is one of the greatest, most rewarding film trilogies ever made. Despite the usual modern trend of diminishing returns on lucrative series like this (and the fact that it is officially into its 9th cinematic chapter), thanks to tight story-telling, smart allegorical writing and stunning effects and characterisation it has soared.
A good deal of that success comes down to what both Andy Serkis and Matt Reeves have achieved as star and director, and War For The Planet Of The Apes is the perfect show-case for both of them, tying up Caesar's arc as the messiah-like ape leader and allowing Reeves the space to tell a brutally compelling, politically pertinent story.
The rest of the best of the film comes courtesy of Woody Harrelson's villain, a huge injection of heart (thanks partly to the introduction of Amiah Miller's Nova and baby Cornelius) and the story that refuses to rely too heavily on action (despite the title).
The film is a triumph but there are errors, head-scratching moments and shocks that will leave your jaws hanging all the way through. Naturally, SPOILERS will follow...