Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Good morning! I have a lot of movies to get through today and am actually feeling better. Lucky for you, that means less graphic details about my recovery. I really spoil my readers.
This is one of those movies that critics and film buffs seem to gush over, but I find to be dreadfully boring (see 2001: A Space Odyssey). In fact, I feel like a lot of people who praise this film also think it is quite dull, but ultimately worth it. I disagree with this; I don't exactly consider a fat Marlon Brando to be a brilliant light at the end of a three hour tunnel.
During the Vietnam War, Benjamin Willard is sent on a mission to execute an insane colonel who is commanding his own troops in Cambodia. This film is based off on Heart of Darkness, which you could read in about a quarter of time it takes to watch this movie.
I really dislike everything about this, from the self indulgent actors to how everything looks orange. I have seen the documentary based on the making of this film. It seems that everybody involved became suicidal. Maybe that is why they made the movie so boring; so that we could share their misery.
Marlon Brando did not know any of his lines, hadn't read the source material, and was extremely overweight. He also improvised much of his dialogue.
Coppola said about this film, "My movie is not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam."