Friday, 29 August 2014

IMDB top 50 No. 44 “Apocalypse Now” (1979)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) published a list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time. They were generally bad.

Here is the comparable IMDB list…. (list generated on 9/7/2014)

Number 44: Apocalypse Now

I knew that at some point I would hit the conundrum of Directors Cuts. After all which movie is the highly rated one? Some directors cuts are greatly different from the originals however this is not necessarily the version that is loved. The conclusion I came to was to use what is the generally most accepted version. In this case the feedback from IMDB forums indicated that the shorter theatrical release is the better film. This is the one I watched.

shot0002Already inhabiting my personal list the biggest risk for Apocalypse Now was the chance of being marked down. I therefore had to watch with a very critical eye.

I really don’t know why I worried, Yes sometime it is slow and ponderous and some scenes seem remarkably frivolous given the war context however that really is the point. The whole push is that war is insane and it makes us insane. Willards (Charlie Sheen) journey to confront the insane renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) is as much a journey into madness as the Colonels own life. Add to this some outstanding performances, amazingly apt and well produced sound and the most beautiful visuals Hollywood has ever produced and you have a film that really does deserve its place in the list.

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)shot0005

IMDB users acknowledge the horror at 8.5 I agree.
Rotten Tomatoes give the film a napalm coated 99%. The film is far from perfect however and as 99% is almost perfect I cannot agree. I would rate it at a far more reasonable 85%

They really do not make them like this anymore.

Don’t take my word for it. Watch Apocalypse now on YouTube (depending on location) right now.

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