Posted on 2/22/13 05:11 AM
Veto Corleone "The Godfather" (Marlon Brando) is the Don Corleone. The Don of a mafia family means the head. He is the most powerful Don in the world. He is loved, feared, and worshipped. He is vicious, brutal, but you love him. You love him because he is a family man that will do anything to help a family member. They develop that more in the book, and in the flashback sequences of the 2nd film.
The film starts off on the day of his daughters wedding, and the Don can't refuse a request on the day of his daughters wedding. A man whose daughter had been raped by a few boys is requesting for justice, and he wants him to murder them. The Godfather says that is not justice because his daughter is still alive, but he will take care of them. It is a long scene that gets imitated, and many parodies have been done from that scene. It is a classic scene that I love. What's unique about it is the acting the look, the voice, personality, and the lines that Marlon Brando has in the scene. It is one of many things in the film that makes it so remarkable.
When an assassination gets attempted on him he is put in a coma after being shot five times in the back. He got shot because he refused to accommodate Turk Sollozzo in his drug dealing business because that would upset his political connections, and he would lose some of his power. His son "Santino" accidently said what he was thinking and Sollozzo and the Tattalgias knew that if Santino became the new Don that he would get the Corleone family involved. The whole conflict in this movie is caused because he refused an accommodation for the first time. It is also about how for the first time the other Mafia families have struck against the Corleone family and weakened them significantly. It is also about how the Corleone family makes a comeback, and takes back power and control in the end. A war breaks out between the two families it is the first challenge against the family and that is what makes the film so great.
Another huge part of the story that makes the film so great is because it has a breaking Bad element in it. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is the youngest and most talented of the Corleone children, but he hates the fact that his family is nothing but a bunch of criminals and killers. He is a war hero, and a graduate of Dartmouth University, and he will probably become a really brilliant businessman. When his father gets shot he decides to help him and he ends up getting his jaw broken for it. He decides to kill Turk Sollozzo and the crooked cop who broke his jaw. From that point on the story becomes how he goes on to become the most powerful Don in the world. It is a fantastic movie.
Michael Corleone is a brilliant man. He is smart, clever, and wise. He never makes a mistake. He plays people like puppets. That is why you see the puppets on the poster. He is much colder then his father. His father makes it less dark, but in the 2nd one when Marlon Brando wasn't in it the film was much more dark. This one is much more happy then the first one, because it isn's all of him. You still like him though, because he is brilliant.
Another one of the best acting jobs in the film is James Caan's performance as Santino Corleone. He played him exactly as he was presented in the book. A hot-headed guy that would lose his temper all the time, and that famous temper did him in. He is intense, and impulsive. This was James Caan's best acting job of his career in my opinion.
The film has many lines that have are used in our daily lives a lot now. Such as "Sleeps with the fishes." That is another way of saying that somebody is dead, and their body is at the bottom of the ocean. In the book the line is "Luca Brasi is sleeping at the bottom of the ocean." The film's dialog in awesome. It is mostly talking scenes, but the talking scenes are great. One of many things in this film that is perfect.
The Godfather is an epic film that set the standard and formula for all other mafia films. This is the all time greatest guys movie. Based off of Mario Puzo's book of the same name, which is my favorite book too. Mario Puzo wrote the book and the screenplay for this phenomenal movie, that defines genius, and masterpiece. The film is dark, complicated, thought provoking, and hard to follow. I liked it the first time, but after I read the book and saw it again I thought it was absolutely incredible. It got better and better each time until I saw it for the fourth time. Since then it has just stayed just as good as it was the last time it got better.
The movie is extremely similar to the book, because the screenplay was written by the author of the book Mario Puzo. But of course the book has more detail. Some of the details in the book that got cut out from the screenplay I am glad were cut out, like the stuff with Johnny Fontane with his ex wife after the incident with the director of the film he wanted to be in. Those were unnecessary details that I was glad they cut out. Certain things in the book that are better are scenes like when Michael Corleone kills the "Turk" and Captain McClusky. In the book it tells you what is going through his mind during the scene, and I remember I could not put the book down during that part. I always get distracted reading books for some reason, but I didn't with The Godfather. The movie is perfect, but unfortunately it can't tell certain details from the book. Another thing in the book that isn't in the first film is the story of how Veto Corleone became the head of the most powerful Mafia family in the world. But that was in the 2nd movie, so I was happy with that. Other then a few details left out from the book this movie was absolutely perfect.