I've learned that I don't usually respond well to gangster movies because I have a difficult time finding characters to care about, and that was my reaction the first time I watched The Godfather. When I watched it again recently, I'm not sure if it was the fact that I knew what to expect or that my film tastes have started to shift, but I kind of loved it. I felt so thoroughly invested in what was happening to the Corleone family, and desperately wanting to see them get "justice." I actually sympathized with Vito, Sonny, Michael, and Tom. I could see Michael's slow descent into the family business, and saw both the reason why and the tragedy in it all. The cinematography impressed me, the music was nearly perfect. Even the little things like the high-quality squibs for the gunshots worked for me. I was fully invested in The Godfather, and I don't know why it changed so dramatically for me. Perhaps it's like a fine wine that gets better when you give it time. If I were to express one gripe I had with the film it would be the casting of Al Pacino. I think he's the perfect actor for the second half of the film, as he starts to show his darker side, but I felt the first half would work better if he would have displayed some innocence and meekness. To me, while the script has him clearly being a different person as the film progresses, I felt his performance was similar throughout. It didn't hurt the story, and clearly it didn't bother me too much since I loved the film so much more this time. I think I finally get why The Godfather is a classic.