Apocalypse Now Redux Reviews
It has been over ten years since I've seen Coppola's original and remember very few details yet when viewing this rendition I was able to spot each and every added scene due to the timing or sequential plodding. Each scene contributed in it's own drab way and had me drifting off uninterested. As much as I loved Robert Duvall's brief stint, the Colonel's loudspeaker search seemed brazenly comical. The Playboy bunny sequence seemed strange and forced. The lavish French plantation scene was simply out of place like a pointless dream within a nightmare that trudged along without a purpose. Marlon Brando's scene with the newspaper articles felt improvised and strained.
I'm sure there were small enhancements here and there but of the added scenes I don't know if there's anything here that would warrant the extra hour of time unless out of curiosity after having viewed the original.
Damn right. But the rest of the film does. It seems to be a war film, then a total anti-war film, then totally absurd with Valkyrias and surfers, post-nuclear attack looking scenery, beautiful sunsets, frenchmen with their opium and rubber and a lot of scenes that seem like they are on LSD. Brilliant performances from Robert Duvall (he made me laugh out loud!), Marlon Brando (handsome even with his huge bold head!) and especially Martin Sheen (Did he ever do a bad film?), who looks a lot like his son later on, just more... serious and appealing in his jungle gear :)
What can I say. Borrowing from a judgment written by an italian judge, which just happened to borrow from this film: Horror. Horror....
Even though the added length slows down the film, the depth of the source material is increased.
The ugly, dark, and evil that came with the Vietnam War and peoples attempts to rise above it and fail shows the futility and hopelessness of humanity relying on their own strength and not on Gods'.
The film may not show much light but cries out for the need of it in a world with so much darkness (whether it is apparent or hidden).