I loved THE GODFATHER trilogy. But, this movie is my most favorite movie from director Francis Ford Coppola. APOCALYPSE NOW is one of the best movie about Vietnam War. It succeed to capture the horror of that war and its impact to every soldier's mental. So, you can say that APOCALYPSE NOW is a psychological drama. The more I give attention to this movie, the more I began to think this isn't just merely a war movie..
Masterfully crafted journey into heart of darkness, with just the right feel of burning napalm, shading jungle and drab that consumes every human protagonist. It's the heart of darkness that, in the end, doesn't capture the right feel - cos it feels more like it's been soaked with sludge of meaningless nothing rather than "the horror". Great journey into blank finale and arguably the greatest american war movie.
Thunderous enough that it pummels you into accepting its power but it is a grotesquely flamboyant film and mired in the same racial politics as Conrad's novella. Are there any American films about Vietnam that don't focus upon the effect on the minds and bodies of that war upon the GIs but instead focus upon the crimes many of those GIs perpetrated? America needs less myth making and more sober accountability.
i rewatch it as soon as i finished reading Heart of Darkness, and i admit it, this one's more interesting and more related to the Kurtz's horror. this might be because i knew the film first, and well, it might be a different story if i knew the book first. but i can't ignore the greatness in Mr. Brando's Kurtz.
War seen from a perspective of generation sent to fight a different culture, while raised strongly opposing their domestic ones. Film argues the collision creates illogical self made world's of madmen. Main character can almost be seen as a neutral bystander, drawing lines with Dante's Virgil as chaos around him gets darker as deeper it reveals. Whether its arguments follow the exhausting visuals is still a question.
Simply put, one of the greatest films of all time, mostly because it has one of the best beginnings, middles, and endings in all of cinema, not to mention endless quotable lines and memorable moments. Screw the Godfather films, this is Coppola's masterpiece, and possibly the greatest and most defining film 70s American cinema.