I make several nods to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness which of course is considered by many the inspiration for the great film, Apocalypse Now. Max and Wendy’s baby is named Conrad, Helen watches the film while Frank Sr. is in the Amazon, and during Frank’s journey back to the pool I describe his heart being filled with darkness. This topic is worthy of lengthy discussion as there are myriad layers of meaning associated with the journey up the river deeper and deeper into the jungle (in both Apocalypse Now and Forever Young). A journey to possible death. A journey back to the beginning. A journey to find oneself. A journey to combat an enemy – within or external to oneself. Add in the specific elements of the heart prevalent in Forever Young and you get some interesting points of analysis.