7-in-7, Drama, Film Reviews, Week 0

Review 1: The Godfather

This is the first movie of the 366 I’m going to watch and review.The Godfather has a 9.2 out of 10 star rating on IMDB and 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie is loved by many and is often listed as one of the greats of all time. So, why should I write a review of a movie that has been reviewed numerous times? Instead, I’m going to review my experience of the film and in the end tell you what I rated it on IMDB.

I’ve heard so many great things about this movie. I’ve seen countless parodies, I know the major lines, and I knew most of the major moments I would see. Usually, having all of that hype and information would ruin the film watching experience. Add in a 3-hour run time and I was not looking forward to my foray into organized crime. When I started the film today I was afraid I might fall asleep as I stayed up far too late for New Years and woke up way too early. I poured my iced coffee into my awesome Joker cup; I sat down expecting to fight to be interested. I’m very happy to say, there was no fight for my attention…The Godfather had my respect.
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I watched film super stars prove why I’d heard so much of this movie and them. I watch a director, Francis Ford Coppola, school me in visual story telling, framing, and casting. The writing that unfolded visual captivated me throughout the film. I kept waiting tofind the lull in the story that I would lose interest, at least for a little bit, and I anticipated it would be in the middle of the second act. However, it never arrived. Even as Michael, played by Al Pacino, walked the Italian landscape shooting the breeze with the locals I was still intrigued. The Don had my respect and I wouldn’t dare disrespect the Don.

I write this on a euphoric film high that I have experienced numerous times, but still not frequently enough. I often have a hard time knowing where to rate a film. How many stars should I grant a movie that captures my attention, tells a riveting story, and demonstrates so masterfully the skills I so admire? I’m going to give The Godfather a 10 out of 10, as I have no complaints.

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From this point…if you’ve never seen it and don’t want spoilers please stop reading. My favorite aspect was watching Michael, an innocent connected to a world of organized crime, become the man he does at the end. The person he was at the beginning, the man he was when he shot Capt. McCluskey and Sollozzo, and the man he was at the end are all completely different. It’s not a random act or an ill-logical change in character, but the effect of the things he experiences. The writing that it takes to bring a war hero to being the Don is impressive. I’m fully convinced of his metamorphosis by the end and am even a little afraid of getting on his bad side. It would be easy to say the killings he had orchestrated was the sign of this change, but in reality it is the lie to Kay that is the final image of his transformation. It left me ready to watch the second one to say the least.

2 Comments

  1. Enjoyed your frank and succinct review. This is a great movie to me because it does not try to glamorize the status of what the criminal family Corleone represented.

  2. This film is the epitome of taking a voyage, exploring the dynamic change of a character. Pacino’s Michael Corleone moving from a veteran then deep into the family business that’s been his destiny all along. It’s an amazing thing to behold, as there are no weak, in my opinion, performances in this. As such, this is one of those films that I sincerely hope NEVER gets revisited by Hollywood via some sort of remake or reboot.

    This would be an interesting double feature with Scarface, which has such completely different sensibilities but has Pacino in common. Tony Montana vs. Michael Corleone…such a compare and contrast exercise.

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