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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,…
The rain patters deliberately. It's trying. It's trying real hard to cool off the world, but to no avail. The endless sweat parading down the faces of the losing minds and the tired souls only enhances the fever dreams and the sights of the figures within the shadows. The greatest cinematographic achievement of all time.
Spellbinding, haunting, unsettling, harrowing, visionary, hypnotic, artistic, hallucinatory & completely bizarre, Apocalypse Now is a unique cinema which, in its pursuit of portraying the dark nature of human psyche, ventured so deep into the abyss that it itself transformed into possibly the most insane piece of cinematic art there ever has been in motion picture history. Notable for its well-documented troubled production, the traumatic experience of which evidently seeped into the final product, and also succeeding as the most potent & powerful inspection of the horrors of war captured on-screen, each & every frame of Apocalypse Now has madness written all over it and yet there is no denying that it is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest films…
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…
"what we call the beginning is often the end. and to make an end is to make a beginning. the end is where we start from." ~ t.s. eliot
apocalypse now begins with "the end."
and its opening sequence may just be its best; viewers are plunged into the setting with a wide angled shot of the jungle, its majestic trees, the helicopters of war, which dissolve into a ceiling fan, letting us know we are there, and not there, at once - and finally, into a world turned upside down, we have the subverted introduction of captain willard, the man whose gaze - and quest - we will follow into, and throughout, the dense unknowable jungle for the duration…
Just saw the theatrical release of Apocalypse Now.
I liked it. The actors were excellent and the Movie represented a great descent into madness.
I really liked Robert Duval as Kilgore. It's just sad that I already knew about the Ride of the valkyries scene. Such a great scene.
I just think that the last part was a little too long. I wonder if the Redux version would make me like the movie more...
It took me a few days to put into words how I feel about Apocalypse Now. I don't think this review will do justice to the movie. To write a review that does that I know too little about film (and the english language...).
People often throw around sentences along the lines of "this isn't a movie, it's an experience" which is bullshit IMO. For movies like It's Such A Beautiful Day this might be true but most times it's pretentious and meaningless. You can analyze Apocalypse Now without caring about the experience of watching it and still get why the movie is great. Anyway, Apocalypse Now is an amazing experience if you get involved with it.
Coppola famously said…
I seriously don't know what to say about this movie. I wasn't bored..but i wasn't entertained either. I am shocked, bewildered, confused all at the same time. The ending somehow left me unsettled.
I could watch Marlon Brando and the game of shadows across his orange/yellow-ish face for all eternity. The horror.
(Needless to say, the true horror was not knowing the fate of that poor labrador puppy. Was he shot? Was he drowned? The doubt crushes me.)
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Maaaaaan, was that a trippy flick!
Went out of my way to find the Theatrical Cut, as I hear that is the better first viewing experience. But after going to 3 different video shops, I could only find the Redux.
I'm not sure if the trippyness and psychedelic feel was intentional or just an effect of the Redux. Or if it was just me gradually getting more tired over the 3 and half hours.
But this was one epic 200 minute wild ride. The performances are superb, the direction is top notch, it has a brilliant character arc and the final act is absolutely haunting. Although some scenes are needlessly long winded.
I will have to revisit this (preferably in the Theatrical version) and it is something you will need to prepare yourself for. But this is still an experience well worth taking.
“Wars not make one great” as Yoda observed. But at times they make for great films. Arguably the best in the genre is Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s daring transmutation of Heart of Darkness, with hints of Homer's Odyssey, to the Vietnam War. The problems surrounding the production have been well-documented (Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse presents a fascinating companion piece that is included in a number of dvd sets) and it is close to miraculous that a film was finished, let alone a truly great one.
Coppola’s pulls you right in with the introduction of Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) a sullen special operations officer who seems on the brink of self-destruction. He is saved when assigned…
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