apocalypse now

March 2, 2008

why do i keep picking films that i really cannot quantify a response too? let me say that the first act was phenomenal. loved every minute of it, loved the plot set up, loved the dialogue, loved the action.

i never thought i’d love a marty sheen performance as much as i did, and the performances all around were really good.

but……the film comes to a screeching halt as soon as marlon brando shows up. we’re building up to this great meeting between sheen and brando and whenever brando is on screen, he’s just eating up all the screen time (though the first time they meet i think is actually a fantastic scene. great mood, and brando is creepy as hell). brando not only literally takes up the entire film from that point on, but nothing he says is rather interesting. i would’ve bought the ending a lot more if it had happened quicker.

by no means does the last act ruin the film, and i’m not sure how bad it ultimately is. the first act is probably the best war film i’ve ever seen. really interested to see the redux version to see if it changes my opinion on the end.

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3 Responses to “apocalypse now”


  1. the film falls flat in the second half, certainly heard that one before. You’ll just have to watch it again someday, on second viewing the end works allot better. The Redux doesn’t change much of the ending, it’s just a bit longer (a long interrogation scene if I remember correctly). Believe me all you need to do is watch it again someday (no need to rush it) and not turn it off halfway through like some people I know. And finally let me to mention that this is one of my top 5 films of all time.

  2. johnheberle Says:

    “the film falls flat in the second half, certainly heard that one before…”

    hey, i never claim to be original.


  3. “why do i keep picking films that i really cannot quantify a response too?”, sounded to me like you thought you where one of the few disliking the ending, merely wanted to point out that you are in (probably for the most parts even quite nice) company there.


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