Winner of the 1979 Golden Palm in Cannes, Apocalypse Now is a truly masterpiece directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It became one of the most prestigious films from the late 1970s and an icon to a generation fighting against military conflicts (specially Vietnam). Probably you've already heard about the multiple problems faced by its production like the 3 full years to conclude it, the Marlon Brando's complicated negotiations and the hurricane that destroyed all the sets already built. But the truth is that the movie turned out to be timeless.
In an attempt to blend the old with the new, Darth Blender is celebrating the release of a very different 'Apocalypse' movie with a weird and wonderful mash-up. The fake trailer features clips and audio from both Apocalypse Now and the newly released X-Men Apocalypse! Check it out below:
This may seem like a strange mash-up, but there are actually a lot of quotes within Apocalypse Now that wouldn't seem out of place in the X-Men franchise. Don't believe me? Take a look at some of the greatest examples!
1. "Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one". Captain Benjamin L. Willard.
More challenging than entering in a wild jungle on the other side of the planet to rescue Colonel Kurtz is to fight against one of the most ancient and powerful mutants of all time. Apocalypse was born five thousand years ago in ancient Egypt, and through the centuries really few ones had the courage to fight against him. He claims to have control of his body on the molecular level-- allowing him to shape change and elongate with virtually unlimited range, to increase density and allow his body to mimic metals and armors, to teleport, and to be virtually immune to the effects of age. A real threat to Professor Charles Xavier, right?
2. "If I say it's safe to surf this beach, Captain, then its safe to surf this beach"! Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore.
One of the most surreal sequences from Coppola's work shows an idilic surfing scene right after destroying the waterfront Vietcong-controlled coastal village. Nothing much different from a fight against one of the Marvel's most feared villains of all time. Let's also remember that Apocalypse can increase his strength to levels surpassing that of the Hulk, grow to giant sizes, and gain the power of flight, sometimes through turning his arms into wings or jets. Apocalypse can also transform himself into a variety of human disguises.
3. "You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks". Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.
The final part of the movie is pure philosophy. When our lead character (Martin Sheen) finally reaches its objective, desolation couldn't be bigger. Will the X-Men really have the chance against their aim? Maybe. Of course Marvel world isn't as poetic as Coppola's, but the comparison is at least provocative.
4. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smelled like victory". Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore.
One of the most known quotes in cinema history, and really appropriate to a scenery where the bombs and destruction surpass sanity (in Marvel's world or real world). Could easily be said by Magneto, one of our preferred mutants.
5. "The horror". Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.
No comments. Just watch the movies and you may understand. And if you do so, please write a book about. Many have tried already, check on Amazon.
So, that's what we think, but do you agree with us? Let us know what you thought of the mash-up trailer and our choice of quotes by leaving a comment!