Arguably the most famous war film of all time with two Academy Awards to its credit, no one can confirm with certainty whether Apocalypse Now is a pro-war or an anti-war film. But it surely will leave a thing in your mind about the unquestionable and ruthless horror one experiences in a war. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola of The Godfather reputation, Apocalypse Now has its own distinguished place in the long queue of war movies filmed till date. With time, the film successfully exposes more and more the realities of war leaving it to the viewer to either hate war of glorify it. To me it felt like two and a half hours of poisoning that starts slow but gradually increases in dosage and reaches the peak at the end. There is a constant fear of unexpected yet instant death all along. But the audience can’t back out of it, they are compelled to watch in awe. The film is set during the Vietnam War. Cinematography at it’s best, some of the shots like bombing down a huge stretch of land covered by trees using napalm are brutally beautiful. The scenes towards the end picturing a man (Marlon Brando) who has overcome horror but is aware of his imminent death is a masterpiece. The character of Marlon Brando is explained cleverly in the film through Martin Sheen’s narratives and leaves the audience desperately longing to see him till he appears towards the end for just 20 minutes or so! A very few movies in history are so well-timed. There are multiple versions of the ending of the film, all of which are intriguing but do not leave a direct message. Dialogues are remarkably strong and yet realistic. Soundtrack and background music is bound to rush your adrenaline. Whether you like war or not, this film is a must watch to strengthen your opinion about it. Hands down, a perfect 10!
Favourite character: Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) but Marlon Brando steals the show both in his presence and absence!
Colonel Kurtz: We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’t allow them to write “f***” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!