If you haven’t seen Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet, we’re ape-palled at you, but know that there are SPOILERS ahead.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, for the most part, is one of the most beautiful blockbusters to hit the screen in a while, and delivers a simple but poignant story of a sympathetic ape whose best intentions are only as good as those of the apes around him. (Plus some human stuff.) Its ending is bittersweet and kind of an emotional downer, but it’s blissfully far away from the smash-cut teaser endings that most franchise movies choose to go with. And so it’s no surprise that a completely different ending was planned.