"The Godfather" movie review
"The Godfather" is my favorite film of all time. It is absolutely legendary. This film, along with "Goodfellas" redefined the gangster and crime drama genre. "The Godfather" is a cinematic masterpiece. Everything about this movie is perfect. The performances are absolutely pristine. Marlon Brando gives the best performance of all time, in my opinion, as Don Vito Corleone. This man is honorable, charismatic, and forgiving. Brando portrayed this character perfectly. Al Pacino was supposed to be the best part of the entire picture. In the beginning, I felt he was kind of useless and then the hospital scene and the Sollozzo scene occurred. Al Pacino was sensational as Michael Corleone. The movie is his character study. I think that Al Pacino deserved the Academy Award for this performance. James Caan was breath-taking as Santino. He was so natural, charming, and energetic. Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, the lawyer was subtle and I think that 's what draws me to his performance. He is not bloated or energetic as Santino Corleone. The variety of characters is interesting: Vito's kindness, Michael's ruthlessness, Santino's anger, and Tom's loyalty. The story of Michael Corleone is my favorite aspect of "The Godfather". It is such an interesting and entertaining story. His mistakes are shown through metaphor instead of literal actions like "GoodFellas" and that is why I think that "The Godfather" is superior to "GoodFellas". This is a very quotable movie. Quotes such as "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." or "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." are classic. The movie spans ten years and it is done perfectly. "The Godfather" is the best directed movie of all time. Everything fits in well. Francis Ford Coppola was born to direct this movie. He is one of the best film-minds of all time. How he did not win "Best Director" at the Academy Awards(R) for "The Godfather" is beyond me. The set decoration is brilliant. It looked like it took place from 1945-1955. The scenes in Italy look phenomenal. Obviously this is a very long movie because it spans a decade. That being said, this is a slow movie for the right purpose. It takes its time to develop. The opening 27 minutes are just heavenly filmmaking. "The Godfather" is filled with symbolism. This movie had many gems hidden. Why the movie is so compelling is because it came out in 1972 and it was a very accurate portrayal of the mob life. "The Godfather" is really violent and has lots of shocking violence. The score is not exciting, yet it fits in perfectly with the somber and melancholy background. The ending to "The Godfather" is the best ending I have ever seen. I wanted to see what would happen after Michael Corleone did what he did without spoiling. Ultimately, "The Godfather" is
a story about family and corruption of the human nature. It has perfect story-telling. This not a movie for everyone, but every film-lover has to see this movie at least once. I have seen "The Godfather" four times and it gets better with every viewing. If I had to choose one movie to watch right before I die or if I had to choose one movie to watch for the rest of my life over and over again, I would choose this picture or its sequel. We all have that one movie we can watch over and over again at any time as Roger Ebert said. For me that film would be "The Godfather". Every film class in America has to see this movie. It is my favorite film of all time and a movie I will continue to see many many more times in my life.
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Violence & scariness