Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse ★★★★½

Review In A Nutshell:

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse is a crowning achievement of what making-of documentaries should strive for. It is a film that manages to seep into the deepest depths of a filmmaker's journey whilst also managing to inform the audience of factual and measurable elements throughout Apocalypse Now's production; blending both the subjective and objective. It was also wonderful for the film to incorporate not just the screenplay and directorial elements of the film, but also of the environment around them; the country itself and the relationship that the film had with it, exploring its ups and downs. Seeing parts of my native country being blown and destroyed for the price of beautiful art was both painful and rewarding, leaving me in a dual state of happiness and guilt. Hearts of Darkness proves that exploring the making of a film is just as rewarding and as valuable as the film itself; elevating one's perspective of the film being explored, appreciating more the efforts that were put behind it; and this film manages to achieve this in a little over an hour and a half.