KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Social Media Reactions Hails Movie As "Worthy Successor" To Previous Trilogy

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Social Media Reactions Hails Movie As "Worthy Successor" To Previous Trilogy KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Social Media Reactions Hails Movie As "Worthy Successor" To Previous Trilogy

The first social media reactions are in for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, and while there are some minor concerns about this fresh start for the franchise, it sounds like a worthy new entry...

By JoshWilding - May 03, 2024 01:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi

In Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, director Wes Ball plans to breathe new life into the franchise with a story set several generations in the future following Caesar's reign. Apes are now the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows.

As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

Given Ball's expertise in the young adult realm with The Maze Runner movies and chatter about Kingdom shifting the spotlight to a younger cast of characters, some fans have expressed concerns about the classic sci-fi franchise becoming a franchise for teens. Then, there's also the fact it has to follow the previous trilogy (no easy feat). 

Well, early word is in and it's mostly very positive so far. All signs point to Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes more than living up to its predecessors, and while there are some minor niggles, it appears the franchise is in safe hands with Disney (who inherited it after merging with Fox). 

We know better than to put too much stock into these early social media reactions, particularly as many of the journalists in question are likely riding high after getting to attend the movie's splashy premiere! Still, these bode well for what sounds like a must-see movie. 

You can read through the first Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes verdicts in the X posts below (via 

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes stars Owen Teague (IT), Freya Allan (The Witcher), Kevin Durand (Locke & Key), Peter Macon (Shameless), and William H. Macy (Fargo).

The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Avatar: The Way of Water) and Patrick Aison (Prey), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. 

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, a new entry in 20th Century Studios' global, epic franchise, opens exclusively in theaters on May 10, 2024.

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Lisa89 - 5/3/2024, 1:07 PM
It certainly has the potential to be better than 'War'. I'll be there day one.
gulducati - 5/3/2024, 4:51 PM
@Lisa89 - I also think it will be better than 'War.' That was not my expectation for the final chapter in the Cesar trilogy. Very impressive film in every sense, but dark as f*ck.
massdeath - 5/3/2024, 1:11 PM
Rise, Dawn, and War is easily the best trilogy of films since LOTR. I’m pumped for this one. I’ll be there opening night.
harryba11zack - 5/3/2024, 1:18 PM
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MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 2:01 PM
@massdeath - disagree. MI owns that title. However, Apes and JW are right behind MI with the best series going.
Matchesz - 5/3/2024, 2:03 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - jurassic world? 😂😂
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 2:06 PM
@Matchesz -
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you know what i meant...

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Matchesz - 5/3/2024, 2:27 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - oh I didnt think of john wick for a second lmao
gulducati - 5/3/2024, 4:46 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - MI not a trilogy
SheepishOne - 5/3/2024, 6:16 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - I also read JW as Jurassic World and was genuinely shocked that someone held that high of an opinion of them haha.

John Wick though is an excellent contender.
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 6:18 PM
@gulducati - i broke ghost protocol, rogue nation, and fallout as it's own trilogy... and now DR Part I and Part II can be added and its still THE BEST series going
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 6:19 PM
@SheepishOne - lol damn. didnt think people would think that, i see JW and i go John Wick immediately. if it was JP, then i would understand haha
Nolanite - 5/3/2024, 8:17 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - too many abbreviations... What do they stand for?
Forthas - 5/3/2024, 1:15 PM
I am loving what they have done with this franchise. The motion capture technology has really opened up this and other science fiction films that makes fantastical stories feel more realistic.
GaruVonDoom - 5/3/2024, 1:16 PM
I unapologetically adore this franchise, I'm glad it's getting positive reviews.
TheVisionary25 - 5/3/2024, 1:22 PM
@GaruVonDoom - nothing to be apologetic about it

The last trilogy especially was damn good!!.
GaruVonDoom - 5/3/2024, 1:26 PM
@TheVisionary25 - You're right. This gives me hope for the Zelda movie.

And absolutely, the last trilogy was exceptional, which one is your favorite?
TheVisionary25 - 5/3/2024, 1:27 PM
@GaruVonDoom - oh. That’s a tough one

Maybe Dawn though I do have a soft spot for Rise.
GaruVonDoom - 5/3/2024, 1:32 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I love Dawn, it's my favorite, [frick]ing awesome sequel.
TheVisionary25 - 5/3/2024, 1:16 PM

I know people tend to be skeptical of social media reactions , especially when the actual reviews come out and might tell a different story but I tend to trust critics ones more like these…

Some of them still seem to point out their criticisms even if they are positive overall and also let’s remember that these critics that do the reactions don’t tend be the same ones sometimes that write the reviews for their outlets.

Anyway , the movie has seemed like it could be good so looking forward to it!!.

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Hopefully this is a good sign for Legend of Zelda since the director is working on that next!!.
mountainman - 5/3/2024, 1:16 PM
This will be the first movie I see in theaters after Dune 2!
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 2:03 PM
@mountainman - this will be my 2nd. i saw the new guy Ritchie/henry cavill movie, Ungentlemanly warfare blah blah and it was f*cking GREAT. Absolutely had a blast and 1000% recommend.

i will be seeing this opening day. can't wait
mountainman - 5/3/2024, 2:16 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - I really wanted to see the Guy Ritchie movie but it wasn’t in the cards unfortunately. Always tough to get the babysitter and we don’t always want to do movies for our date nights. But your endorsement of the movie gives me hope as I had heard mixed reviews. Looking forward to seeing that at home.

This one is for sure. Already have it planned. Would love to get to Furiosa as well if I can.

Next mandatory in theater one after that is D&W.
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 2:24 PM
@mountainman - i mean i LOVED it, but thats just me. I saw it after work on a friday so it was good timing for me.

This one im doing the same thing, future wifey is away in Vegas for her bachelorette party with her cousins.

Furiosa i would love to see but will be a miss cuz of our wedding and honeymoon. After that, i'll def be seeing D&W opening day
mountainman - 5/3/2024, 2:37 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - Congrats in advance on the nuptials! Try to live in the moment that day. It goes by so quickly due to all the people and stuff going on and your planning finally coming together.

Where is the honeymoon?
McMurdo - 5/3/2024, 5:29 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - ungentlemanly warfare was fantastic
McMurdo - 5/3/2024, 5:30 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - congrats on the wedding!!
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 6:13 PM
@mountainman - thanks buddy. St.Lucia, rooms on the water with outdoor soaking tub and butler service ;)

@McMurdo - right?? it was a f*cking great movie and id love to see it again. the fact it was a true story makes it even better..... and thanks man, im excited
IAmAHoot - 5/3/2024, 1:22 PM
I still remember people being skeptical when Rise of the Planet of the Apes was announced, and then it was released to very solid reviews, which only got better with each movie. Easy to be skeptical without Andy Serkis especially, but not hard to see the movie being very good.
bobevanz - 5/3/2024, 1:26 PM
I'd like to remind everyone before May 4th: If you're looking to binge the Star Wars original six in a different way, try the machete method. The method behind this order is using Anakin as the focal point of the story arc. You start with 4 and 5, then 1, 2, 3, and finally 6. It treats 5 as a cliffhanger moment and recaps what led Anakin down this path, before finally seeking redemption in part 6. Imo it's the superior order as opposed to 1-6 or first trilogy than second. May the fourth be with you!
gulducati - 5/3/2024, 4:49 PM
@bobevanz - Interesting order. Kind of like if it were a modern day streamed series like Breaking Bad. I also like that you leave out the atrocity of VII to IX.
WakandaTech - 5/3/2024, 1:26 PM
Hopefully it leads into these humans in the second or third part
Nomis929 - 5/3/2024, 1:29 PM

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ModHaterSLADE - 5/3/2024, 1:39 PM
First Maze Runner was pretty solid, guess I'll give it a chance.
mountainman - 5/3/2024, 2:52 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - First Maze runner was a pretty good adaptation of the book. The second book is still good and that movie just didn’t capture it well. The third book is not good though so I wasn’t expecting much from that movie.
ModHaterSLADE - 5/3/2024, 3:43 PM
@mountainman - Yeah, third was easily the weakest.
mountainman - 5/3/2024, 3:51 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - Just like Hunger Games. It’s as if these YA Dystopian authors don’t know how to land the plane.
MrDandy - 5/3/2024, 1:55 PM
The last trilogy is one of the best new series of films in a long while. This movie has big shoes to fill but hopefully these reactions are right and it is a satisfying followup.
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 2:03 PM
@MrDandy - couldnt agree more
MotherGooseUPus - 5/3/2024, 2:05 PM
Count me in for day one viewing. can't wait.

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