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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,…
Review In A Nutshell:
There is simply nothing like Apocalypse Now; a film that digs deeper into the souls of soldiers than any other war film. Francis Ford Coppola's peak was during the 1970s with winning back to back Best Picture at the Academy Awards and the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival; the director's stronger work winning the latter. It is because of his previous accolades that he was able to make Apocalypse Now, given total creative control and a budget that is more than needed to tell a personal and intimate story such as this; with this, Coppola has definitely gone…
You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that, but you have no right to judge me.
The only word I can use to describe this movie is honest. So honest it hurts.
In my opinion, one of the best movies ever. It has a strong element of truth behind it.
I think at this point this film has been analysed, critiqued and reviewed fully. However, these are my thoughts and I wish to express them. I had watched this about 3 years ago, in the Redux version, and even the harrowing final moments didn’t seem to stick with me as they did when watching the theatrical cut second time round. On that first viewing, I wasn't big on the film and it took me so long to watch it again. I am glad I did. I now realise that it is possible the greatest war film ever made, and one that not only explores the insanity of war, but insight to the human psyche. Francis Ford Coppola had a great…
I was angry and disgusted throughout this movie because f*** war. It was really good though...
Man, I have a lot of thoughts running through my head regarding this one, so forgive me if my ideas seem strewn about like the clothes of a college girl home from a party and ready for bed. I'll do my best to keep my thoughts in as much of an order as I can get them in. This will be one of the very few movies that I rate, not based on personal enjoyment, but more based on the rating it really deserves. I didn't care for this movie, I don't mind saying. You know, a lot of times you see a classic movie and you want so bad to like it. I can compare this to my experiences…
Apocalypse Now is a masterpiece-level film for me; every time I watch it, it always leaves a lasting emotional impact that gets me thinking about the movie's central themes. A work of art in every sense of the phrase.
CHARLIE DON'T SURF
Oh man! I only became obsessed with film a few years ago, so admittedly there are tons of classics I have yet to see. Apocalypse Now was one of the movies on that list. After finally watching it, I understand why it's held in such high regard. This is textbook film making and I was blown away the entire time. There is an outstanding use of lighting and colors with some truly memorable shots. The acting is on a whole different level entirely. Martin Sheen absolutely kills and I was anticipating seeing Brando right from the beginning. When his character is finally unveiled, it is a truly chilling and epic performance. I really can't quit thinking about some of the scenes in this movie. There are many war films I still haven't seen, but out of the ones I have, I'd easily call this the best. A total masterpiece.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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