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.
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…
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…
I find myself torn between Come and See and the audaciously brilliant Apocalpyse Now as my favourite war movie and this rewatch on the magnificent Blu-Ray transfer certainly didn't help my cause in trying to decide. Francis Ford Coppola is something of a genius and his movie-making period in the 70's, ranging from The Godfather, Part I to this is impeccable. The legendary director is loved both by mainstream audiences and the critical community and he is without a doubt one of the most important voices of the artistic side in film history. The impact of Apocalypse Now is undeniable, it hits where it needs to hit and it hits at the force of a squadron of Apache helicopters. The…
"Charging someone with murder here was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500…”
Wassup, 200th review! I was saving a review for Apocalypse Now for a while. Frankly I couldn’t decide between writing a massive fanboyish piece, or just a short little review discussing my analysis of the film. I think now is an appropriate time! I built up this task to be some kind of monster in my head. Apocalypse Now is a very accessible movie on one level but has a lot of moving things beneath the surface. Evil things. Maddening things. Its why the film is largely considered my favorite of all time. It…
A masterpiece of cinema.
If you do not agree then I am afraid I can no longer trust your opinion.
Apocalypse Now is as beautiful as it is harrowing, there are so many stunning moments. It's no wonder its long. And I for one am glad that it is.
Francis Ford Coppola's 4th timeless masterpiece.
I wasn't expecting to be quite as disturbed as I was - I know, that's a pretty ludicrous statement. As my husband said as we walked away, "what were you expecting, that this would be one of those fun Vietnam movies?"
Viewing what was supposedly the only 70mm print in existence, a viewing that we were told Coppola himself had to sign off on, surrounded by a bunch of true fans of the film, it was a pretty special experience.
As a first viewing, I was fairly blown away. It was interesting to see the genesis of so many things that have seeped over into the collective consciousness - the "smell of napalm in the morning" quote, use of Wagner…
Madness, Epic, Genius, haunting. These are the only a few words that can used to describe Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war masterpiece, Apocalypse Now. This is a film that shows the war exactly as it was. Francis Ford Coppola's masterful Vietnam war film is a monumental experience in cinema. All throughout the film, we have a sense of dehumanization as we are shown the horrors of that war. Coppola delivers a war film unlike any other. Apocalypse Now like The Deer Hunter were both kinda risky in the sense that the Vietnam war was still pretty fresh in Americas mind. Both films were released 4 and 5 years after the conflict ended. Coppola delivers a film that recreates the chaos…
Unfortunately I saw the redux version, which I didn't know added a whole 48 minutes and a sequence that I absolutely hated, so that gives this movie a bad image, given that most of my issues with it were the length and that terrible sequence I will be kind, the movie has some great stuff in it reflecting on the war and the weakness of the american army having so many people that just didn't want to be there that even being there they weren't, getting high focusing on having fun and goofing around and at the same time the enemy is fighting for their lives with every fiber of their being. The overall idea of making heart of darkness in a Vietnam setting is brilliant.
"Apocalypse Now" isn't a film about Vietnam. To go further, it isn't a film about war at all. While the choice to use the Vietnam War and the jungles of Cambodia as a backdrop was undoubtedly inspired, "Apocalypse Now" is more a study in basic human madness, not necessarily the madness provoked by combat. These men are psychotic. From Col. Kilgore, who has a penchant for Wagner and napalm, to the draftees who prefer surfing and drugs to combat, to an antsy photographer (brilliantly played by Dennis Hopper) and Kurtz himself, Coppola thrusts us directly into this insanity and whether or not we make it out unscarred is up in the air
Not perfect, the end almost couldn't possibly live up to the steady build of suspense and dread.
I'm amazed that a dark, existential art film like this could be made and released as a major Hollywood picture. Is something like this even possible today?
A lot more than just a war movie. Not so much enjoyable as it is Good. I was pretty stupefied throughout the entire viewing, and at the end all I could muster were the words "so that's a movie, huh?"
this rating depends on if you like the director's cut or no but it's fucking powerful either way
A psychedelic war film.
A psychadelic war film.