Newest ‘Planet of the Apes’ easily the franchise’s best

July 10, 2014 5:38 AM

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That the movie isn’t called “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Humans Learning to Appreciate One Another’s Quirks” seems to be a giveaway, and yet this one is all about balance — between destruction and rebuilding, murder and birth, mistrust and allegiance. For two hours of breathless drama, you forget you’re watching actors grunting like chimps and hope two rival civilizations can work together.

The eighth “Planet of the Apes” movie is easily the best, suspenseful and scary and cured of the silliness that infused all previous iterations, even the 1968 original — a fun kids’ movie oddly anointed a classic when those kids grew up while retaining their childish tastes.

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