Favorite Film Endings: Apocalypse Now

Welcome back to Special Features! These are series of articles on topics that I find interesting. I missed writing these types of articles and it gives balance to the reviews and freshens things up a bit.

Today I’m going to talk about film endings and some of my favorite ones. This will be a series of articles and not just one big one with all of my favorite endings. I’ll introduce the film and we will watch a clip of it, and we’ll talk about what makes it great in my opinion. If you agree with me that’s awesome and if not that’s still awesome. We all have our opinions. Just to warn you that this will have spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie.

Apocalypse Now is one of my all-time favorite films. Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic was a telling of Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness. The film stars Marlon Brando as Kurtz who is an army general that has gone rogue. It is up to Willard played by Martin Sheen to find Kurtz and put an end to Kurtz.

Now let’s take a look at the ending:

This ending always gives me goosebumps whenever I see it or think about it. The way Martin Sheen rises out of the water just gets me every time. I have a poster of this part hanging on my wall in my living room. The cinematography is top notch and the way the characters move through the shadows are haunting and unique. Both Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen do an amazing job to wrap up the film with their movements and Brando’s line delivery is on point and convincing. I could watch this all day and have the same feeling that I stated before.

So, what did you think of the ending? If you made it this far, I would love to hear what you have to say!


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