Sean’s review published on Letterboxd:
Since I watched it, I can't stop thinking about this movie. It distinctly reminds me of two other pieces of media relating to Vietnam or equivalent wars:
The vignette "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" from Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried
The chapter Casualties from Hotline Miami 2 where the Colonel wears the Panther's head
These both deal with the primal nature of human kind and how the realities of war can chip away at sanity. It's amazing that Coppola was able to not only create one of the seminal works about Vietnam and the broader topic of psychological health in war, but was able to do it while still communicating the central themes of Heart of Darkness and even framing them in a contemporary light.