Apocalypse Now is the ultimate war movie, a riveting adventure story, a searching and deeply committed probing of the moral problem of the Vietnam War -- and something more than all of these, transcending categories and genres in a way that only true art, and specifically true movie art, does at its best. The film seethes with violence, horror, madness, irony, humor, sweetness, anger, despair and hope, but the seething is controlled by the hand of a master. [20 Aug 1979, p.57]
Best war movie ever. The use of the song The End in the beginning was very well used and set the tone for the movie. The talent of sheen and Brando is also used welll in the movie. The themes, scope, and directing really set it apart though.
As befits both its tortuous hand-to-mouth genesis and the devastating conflict it reflects, this is a film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror – and unimaginable thrill – of combat. And therein lies the true heart of darkness: if war is hell and heaven intertwined, where does morality fit in? And, in the final apocalyptic analysis, will any of it matter?
Coppola and Murch have balanced their new edit with grace notes of sweetness, elegance and eroticism, and the payoff is grand, providing both a reprieve from the multiple blitzkriegs and a break in the monotony of the cruise up the Nung.
Coppola, with his bravura style of direction, has created a movie of harrowing intensity and staggering power. But if you accept the belief that art should enlighten and illuminate as well as arouse the emotions, I’m afraid that Apocalypse Now does not qualify as great art.
The finished film remains a mess of tangled, turgid continuity and florid, mock-operatic style -- at best a collection of production numbers and set pieces waiting in rain for a story capable of accumulating suspense and meaning.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing
My first time seeing the movie was the remake. The famous valkyrie helicopter scene felt pointless, dragged out and without suspense. Just endless death, didn't make me cheer for anyone. It gets better in the middle as you get to know the supporting cast better. The ending is ridicilous, unbelievable. Everyone knows war is **** but this movie is taking it too far by creating ridiculous scenarios. It's got something going for it though. The acting is good and there is a feeling of mystery as they venture further and further into the jungle. Sadly apocalypse now feels like a dokudrama on drugs and fails to provoke anything but boredom, intrigue and despise. Maybe that was what it wanted to do, but I surely didn't enjoy it.
Apocalypse Now was bizarre, and I didn't understand it or enjoy it. I got the feeling that it was supposed to be the skewed memories of a mentally ill soldier's experiences in the Vietnam War, and it was somewhat interesting in that light, but that aspect didn't keep me interested for the entire two-and-a-half-hour running time. It was slow, weird, and boring at parts, and at others it was too fast and saturated with ridiculous action shots. The entire thing, though, was confusing to me. Every character seemed to act so strangely with no given explanation as to why, and while this would make sense if the movie was indeed shown through the eyes of a madman (or if everyone was a madman), it was still be frustrating to watch. There were also lots of fireworks posing as rockets and gunfire, and there was a good deal of cheesy synthesizer music that didn't help the movie. I couldn't find much to actually enjoy or appreciate in Apocalypse Now. I seem to be a small minority in my opinion of this film, I do realize, but I just want to make my voice heard so new viewers don't think that this movie's supposed "universal acclaim" is actually universal.
This is such a slow paced film I don't think I ever seen it all the way through in one viewing without falling sleep. In retrospect I wish I hadn't bothered,this is the film equivalent of the emporer's new clothes. You'll try and convince yourself that you've just watched a masterpiece with a profound message about the darkness that resides in all of us because that's what the film critics tell you, but in reality this is a shallow film and it's exploration of the theme is laughbly superficial. The film chooses to concentrate on visual imagery rather than a detailed exploration of the characters.