It's been some time since a franchise ended in such a satisfactory way like War for the Planet of the Apes, a film which satisfies blockbuster thrills yet still packs an emotional punch. As with the previous two films, Andy Serkis as Caesar is nuanced and stirring, calculating one minute and heartbreaking the next, yet all the supporting cast both mo-capped and live action prove they can hold their own. Matt Reeves and his crew have shots that are not only visually stunning and cool, but also at times personal and reinforce the actors' performances, complimenting a somber script which doesn't forget to provide us with levity when necessary. All in all, the Apes prequel series ends perfectly, proving to us how a CGI-filled popcorn flick can ascend beyond the normal fare—character first.