The Godfather Reviews
It's unthinkable to create a list without including a "classic" screen villain, but I seriously doubt anyone can tell me that there is a protagonist more deviant, more irredeemable and more subtle, than Michael Corleone, played with robotic intensity and ferocious cunning by a young Al Pacino. Sure, he did more theatrical work in Scarface and Dog Day Afternoon, but The Godfather trilogy was his most ambitious acting challenge, solely because he was an antagonist not merely against the opposing mafia families, nor his delinquent brother Freudo, nor even his long-suffering wife. The true "hero" who died at the hands of this heartless antagonist was the boy's own father. Michael Corleone is the antagonist that reflects a wayward son, who buries a respectable family legacy, and who honors his hopeful father in the worst way possible.
Based off of Mario Puzo's novel, Francis Ford Coppola brings out his all in making this film possible.
The story revolves around the rise and fall of a mafia family led by Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). Along with a side plot involving young Al Pacino.
First of all, that plot was extremely revolutionary and still is. It showed future filmmakers what a gangster flick should be like, and how good a movie can be in general.
The screenplay is what brought it together. It was written so well and in a unique way. Each character has his or her own story or personality. They were written in such a way that makes you care for them.
The acting had no flaw whatsoever. It started off good careers of Al Pacino and many others.
The cinematography was ahead of the time. Back then, it was near breathtaking.
Not to mention that it had more than many memorable moments. So many, that it has grown to be one of the most iconic films out there.
Almost all through the movie this song plays. An instrumental song that automatically fits in with every scene it's in.
What I'm trying to say is that everything works.
Over all, The Godfather is a masterpiece of filmmaking, and one that will go down as an example of a fantastic film. 5/5 stars
Brando and Pacino and Caan and Duvall and Shire and Cazale and Keaton all get well-deserved credit for lending their talents to the film. But make no mistake--it's Coppola that makes this marionette puppet dance.
His screenplay--written alongside Mario Puzo--is masterful. His camerawork throughout the movie is ingenious. And his editing of the film is legendary.
Sure, a lot of people consider 'The Godfather: Part II' to be on equal footing, but I'll go to my grave arguing that the original was the purer and more compelling picture between the two.