"Photography is truth. Cinema is truth twenty-four times per second."
My rating system is as coherent as the Rambo movie titles.
This is why I watch movies.
This is cinema in its best and purest form. Apocalypse Now is perfect in every aspect of filmmaking and somehow is also able to transcend the medium with its soul (the result of a soul-crushing production) and its grandeur.
It serves as an argument both in favor of and against the auteur theory. Clearly not something you can achieve without someone who had a vision like Coppola did, but also definitely not a sustainable…
Solid filmmaking, it goes a lot deeper and darker than I thought this would be, most likely because of the very unfortunate circumstances surrounding the making of this movie, but I'm glad it didn't devolve into an anti-alcohol PSA like we so often see either. You know what? Foolish of me to even think this was a possibility in a piece of Danish culture.
No one can direct adventurous action sequences quite like Spielberg could during the peak of his career and wouldn't you know it, this movie is made up of iconic action set pieces succeeding one another from beginning to end. The classic John Williams score transports you right in the heart of this story and you're pretty much sucked in for the rest of this amazing journey towards the Holy Grail. It's the kind of movie that somehow makes you want to become both an archaeologist and a filmmaker just because of how cool it is!
Also this is Sean Connery's best role don't @ me.