The Godfather series has influenced many morons to idealize the world of organized crime. With Apocalypse Now, Coppola has also convinced us that “war is bad.” A crazy surfer Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore likes to kill gooks and have his soldiers surf rad waves at the same type. Coppola really shows us the absurdity of war in a fairly obvious manner. I personally thought Lt. Kilgore was a pretty cool dude.
Apocalypse Now also shows how poor black kids from the intercity died in the jungles of Vietnam for whitey. I wonder if there is a film about the Vietnam war that doesn’t bring this up. The liberal rule for war filmmaking is killing fascists = good and killing communists = bad. The Vietnam war was bad because America had Negroes and poor whites kill third world communists. World War II was good because Americans killed Europeans. Francis Ford Coppola even alludes to Nazism when Kilgore blasts Richard Wagner as he goes in for the kill on a village of backwards gooks. Francis Ford Coppola is a deeply philosophical man not to be questioned.
I have never thought of Martin Sheen as a tough soldier. Hell, I never thought of Mr. Sheen as even a man. His role as Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now makes about as much sense as his son Emilio Estevez playing a punk in Repo Man. Hollywood really likes to have men of weak physique playing the roles of heroic men for obvious reasons. I would have even preferred an overweight and aged Brando as Captain Willard. At least Brando looks like he went outside as a child.
Rumor has it that Francis Ford Coppola enjoyed himself with young teenage male prostitutes in Cambodia during the filming of Apocalypse Now. He had his convicted child molester friend Victor Salva (director of Powder and Jeepers Creepers) with him during the shooting of Apocalypse Now so it would be no surprise. For all the time spent on the making of Apocalypse Now, the result is less than “epic.” The film slightly horrified me as a child but now I see it as mild entertainment.
I give credit to Coppola for spicing up the film with some tunes by The Doors and a small role by Dennis Hopper as an eccentric American photographer. I take away credit from Coppola for re-releasing Apocalypse Now in it’s “Redux” form. Coppola can’t possibly think that the “redux” version is a superior cut. The original film cutout the “new footage” for a reason. Then again, Francis Ford Coppola isn’t much different from his fellow “film school generation” of film directors such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Americans should leave it to the Europeans and Russians for war films.