Apocalypse Now is a legendary movie, but I knew surprisingly little about it before I watched it for the first time this week, except for the fact that Martin Sheen and Marlin Brando would be in it, and the famous final lines.
I’m glad I finally got around to watching this — it’s a classic for a reason, a terrifying class in immersive cinema.
At first, I was apprehensive about Sheen’s character Capt. Willard; by the start of the story, he has already been pushed to the edge by some hellish experiences in the Vietnam War. But over the course of the next 2+ hours, the movie pushes him fully off the cliff, and it is captivating to see him fall.
There are many oft-quoted lines in this movie, and it was satisfying to finally see them snap into place, but I was also wowed by the scary dramatic range Sheen demonstrates here — something I’ll remember the next time I decide to rewatch The West Wing for the umpteenth time.