Blade Runner 2049 70%
I grew up with the original as my joint all-time favourite film, along with SW. So this had a lot to live up to.
I thought the film did a great job of being a Blade runner film. I loved the non-break-neck pace, which gave me time to think and consider what was happening, without stretching it out too much. If anything, the vision of a dystopian future was even more depressing that the first, and probably because it was even more believable. I read a view of the original only last week that said the one could tell each shot was meticulously considered; indeed, the shot with Rachel walking towards Deckard, when they are first introduced, remains one of my favourite scenes in a film, and was specifically re-presented in 2049. 2049 tried to give a similar meticulously crafted product and would probably have been superior, had it done it first.
Also, you will not be disappointed by the massive Vangelis synths, which weren't Vangelis, but included many references to the original score.
Definitely worth a watch.
War for the Planet of the Apes 79%
Unhyped. No mega-trailers, with trailers for trailers. One of the standout films of the year. Similarly, i came to DotPotA with no preconceptions, and really enjoyed it much more than expected. RotPotA was decent enough. This is another level of better. I've been discussing with friends how i used to consider the quality of effects as a major draw, yet sadly haven't looked upon them quite so appeallingly for many years. In fact, i thought i'd lost the child-like amazement for SFX altogether. I was wrong. WftPotA as just stunning. But it's not just the CGI; it's that skill at characterisation that really makes it just totally convincing that i am watching an intelligent ape. But, hey, the story was also excellent and did a first class job of moving the story forward to where the 70's show took off. And I can only imagine how hard it is to act, when 95% of the cast aren't there.