The Godfather Reviews
Story/Screenplay - 30% - 30/30
Cinematography - 30% - 30/30
Acting/Characters - 15% - 15/15
Production/Costume Design - 10% - 10/10
Effects (Visual/Sound) - 8% - 8/8
Music - 7% - 7/7
Final - 100/100
'The Godfather' is commonly regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made...so why did I just think it was 'good'? It's certainly well shot, and well acted (although Brando has been better, honestly), and the first 90 minutes are pretty solid. However, the huge leaps in time are both unexpected and annoying, and quite frankly at nearly 3 hours, by the end I'd sort of lost interest. It has many redeeming qualities and can safely be called a good movie. But a masterpiece, I think not.
For "The Godfather," that scratch is its pacing. Though it creeps close to three hours long, it still feels like someone took a hacksaw to it in the editing room. Enormous time jumps happen without preface (a lot) and the resulting gaps are felt. It's like ascending a staircase with the occasional rotted-out board - an extravagant Victorian staircase trimmed with gold leaf, but it's still in need of restoration. The tail end of the second act marching straight into the conclusion are the biggest offenders in this regard. Michael Corleone's relationship with his wife Kay (though unimportant in the overarching narrative) is told in a few disparate beats and ends up feeling like it should have been left on the cutting room floor with the other untold orphan scenes.
That said, Coppola's crowning work doesn't want for narrative drive. "The Godfather" has always been more about grand, thematic arcs than intimate character moments. It does stumble in pacing the particulars, but what it offers in return more than makes up for this small inadequacy. We come to this film again and again for the iconic experience, the witnessing of one of the greatest pieces of visual literature. I'm not about to argue against that. 9.1/10