The resurgence of Planet of the Apes has been a pleasing one. Rise gave a competent and stable foundation to the new series. Dawn heightened tensions among apes and between them and humans. Dawn made for one of my favorite films of 2014. War is a culmination from both movies and a state of decline for mankind. As to which film is the best, I will need some time to ruminate. War and Dawn are both superb movies that accomplish the goals they strive to achieve. What I can discern is that this is one hell of a trilogy and the finale does stack-up to the other entries.
Earlier in the year, I composed my list of my top five films to see this year. Two of them, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, have already released. Logan was just as good as many, including myself, were hoping it to be. I did enjoy Guardians, but it did fall short on expectations, which is totally fine. With May down and somewhat of a mixed summer ahead, here are my top five picks for films I think will be the best of the summer.