Sad to realize this film would be the second last one Mr. Kubrick would direct before his death in 1999. Full Metal Jacket was followed a little over a decade later, and just before Mr. Kubrick passed away, with the Eyes Wide Shut, a film that to this day I don’t like. At all. And that’s saying something as I’m a HUGE fan of Mr. Kubrick’s work.
As for Full Metal Jacket, I absolutely loved the first half of the film, which featured boot camp. The second half of the film, wherein the recruits go to Vietnam, wasn’t quite as good, at least in my opinion. I’ve always felt that despite some flaws (most notably a very muddled ending), the Francis Ford Coppola directed Apocalypse Now remains my favorite Vietnam War film and could well be one of the best films about war ever.
Having said that, I always felt that Apocalypse Now was a very Kubrick-like film, though that remains a personal opinion and does not at all detract from what Mr. Coppola created.