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This is the end...
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
“Someday this war’s gonna end.”
Chills. When that serene green landscape with those beautiful palm trees and the curling yellow fumes bursts into flame, when the beat drops and that voice begins to sing this is the end, I felt chills run up and down my spine. This was going to be something great. I could feel it in my bones.
What do you get when you give a brilliant, hubristic mind the freedom to make whatever the fuck he likes, however he likes? What do you get after two of the most beautiful films ever made, two films that managed to marry art and commercial success in a way that so few had managed to achieve on such a…
This an example of film making at its finest. Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about the infamous production of Apocalypse Now, other than the fact that it was awful; and yet, the way the film is crafted and put together is so incredible. The troubled production probably increased the hysteria and darkness that the film conveys as it journeys into the dark hearts of men and their desires.
The film has a simple premise, US Army Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) is ordered on a covert mission into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret, Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone insane and set himself up as a god among the local native tribe. It's an accessible premise,…
Art imitates life, so the saying goes, yet in the case of Apocalypse Now with its tortured and maddening production, life imitated art. The film’s problematic production is almost as legendary as the film itself yet this difficult development seeps into every frame. It is hard to imagine that the film would have so brilliantly captured the feverish descent into darkness if the making of the film had been such an effortless experience. It brilliantly depicts the hallucinatory hell of war because it was hell for those involved in its creation.
It is hard to imagine a film like this was made in the first place. A big budget movie with an impressive star cast that is more dreamy and…
Between the stunning visuals, the pyro gone unabashedly wild, the characters like Kilgore who deliver epic lines like "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" to the tune of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries! I found I was completely overcome by the relentless onslaught of Francis Ford Coppola's vision to the point of curling up in the fetal position due to a severe case of sensory overload!
Vibrant, shadowy, methodical, and brilliantly insane; Apocalypse Now might just be the finest film from Francis Ford Coppola's filmography. It is a cinematic experience like none other; a journey into the heart of the human soul, with darkness and depravity lurking in every pitch-black corner.
The direction by Francis Ford Coppola is genius. With a variety of textured close-ups, wide and grand battle shots, and stunning moments of beauty; Coppola crafts a slow and subtle film that is easy to get lost in.
The cinematography by Vittorio Storaro is the finest ever committed to film. No exaggeration, no hyperbole; there is no finer accomplishment in the history of film when it comes to cinematography. The lush green and orange hues,…
This film, much like the novella it is based on, challenges the nature of humanity itself.
Conrad's novella explores our moral ambiguity in a setting of colonial oppression. Its main character Marlow enters a world of lawless confusion, created and perpetuated by the enigmatic Kurtz who defies rules and logical thinking. Marlow is forced to choose between these two worlds in which there is no right choice to make. Moral standards or social values are not relevant in judging evil and if they are, how can insanity be classified in an insane world?
Coppola's film manages to capture that criticism of man's incessant need to dominate and unavoidable need for social structure and moral guidance. There are a couple of…
Apocalypse Now- the film that I've come to recognize as my answer to every cinema student's least favorite question- "What's your favorite movie?"
I describe this film's brilliance with an ever-expanding list of reasons which increases tenfold each time I watch what I consider to be Coppola's masterpiece (don't hate me, Godfather worshippers). While I don't necessarily believe that a film's merit should be determined by its production process, Fax Bahr's 1991 making-of doc "Hearts of Darkness" illuminated the fascinating story behind "Apocalypse Now" and only increased my respect for the filmmakers and actors, shedding light on the mysterious yearlong production process. Ultimately I learned that each and every fate was against the success of "Apocalypse Now", therefore in the…
Apocalypse Now is a haunting masterpiece, and the best war film ever created, in my humble opinion. Coppola captures so much of the thematic elements inherent in any discussion about the Vietnam War, while simultaneously feeling claustrophobic and incredibly focused, as we follow Willard's journey down the river, and his descent into madness as well.
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So I finally got around to watching the acclaimed masterpiece Apocalypse Now , and boy, did it deliver. Damn, this movie was so, so good. Probably in my top 30 or top 25 now. Might move farther up the more I think about it and when I watch it again.
Watch this. Even if you've seen it, watch it again.
Facing hurdle after hurdle (including a raging monsoon that swamped their film set) during production, Francis Ford Coppola finished his transformative and macabre masterpiece, they transcends all traditions of a typical war film to focus on the human psychology.
The true and definitive cut of this audacious movie is Apocalypse Now Redux, a 196 minute edition that was released to the masses in 2001. Containing a very lyrical and riveting French plantation scene.
Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and a young, talented Laurence Fishburne round up the cast of amazing actors, but the true MVP is definitely Robert Duvall. Who plays an eccentric and masochistic Lieutenant Colonel, stealing the show with on 15 or so minutes of screen time.
Apocalypse Now isn't just a metaphor for the Vietnam War, but more of an example of the dehumanising effects on spirituality and soldier morality. Nothing short of 5 stars from this reviewer, an unqualified masterpiece!
I hated Brando. I got sick of seeing Martin Sheen's face! The war commentary got really tiring. I dislike preaching the way people hate religion nowadays. But there were many techniques for storytelling to learn here.
The most poignant moment was between surfer dude and the playboy bunny where she talked about all the things they pressured her to do.
BOTTOM LINE: Not my cup of tea.
Just re watched the original 1979 cut. Yeah it's still the powerful, arresting, mind fuck head trip gun fire freak out that it always was.
Not for nothing one of the greatest films of the 70s. ESSENTIAL.
Third viewing. Still amazing in every respect.
Director's Cut makes this movie flawless!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…