The Godfather – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… The Godfather
A bunch of greased up Italians make offers that are best not to be refused.
Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the Godfather, the big cheese, of the Corleone mafia family. The Corleone’s, together with four other big Italian families, rule the New York underworld. They make a fortune on gambling, prostitution, and alcohol. But when one of the five families wants to expand their business into narcotics, and Don Vito vetoes this proposition, a mob war ensues.
Should I Watch It?
The Godfather is the first part of the legendary trilogy directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Most likely you have heard of it, it is one of those movies that has become a staple to its genre. The Godfather is to crime movies what Lord of the Rings is to fantasy, what Star Wars is to science fiction, and what The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is to westerns. It has shaped our culture, and references to it can be found in all sorts of media.
The story is very personal. Relationships drive this movie. It is much more drama than it is crime. Sure, there is the occasional drive by shooting, but the majority of the movie is dialogue. Threats and offers are shown on camera, while the majority of violence and repercussions are implied to have happened off screen. Not showing this has been a great decision by Coppola. Nearly every character in the movie is a criminal, if the violence would have happen on camera it would be hard for the audience to relate to anyone. By keeping it off screen the characters remain humane, and you will root for the Corleone family.
The performances of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are breath-taking. Brando owns every scene he is in. Every word he utters carries a tremendous impact. And his charisma is overwhelming. Pacino, on the other hand, starts of as an average Joe, who slowly transforms into a leader and businessman. These two performances vastly overshadow the rest of the actors. James Caan and Robert Duvall do a fine job, but a lot of actors seemed to have been cast based on appearance rather than talent.
The Godfather is an incredible story. It lasts for nearly three hours, but time flies by when you are watching it. It offers many iconic scenes and it is an absolute treat to see Brando and Pacino in action. Not only does this film make me want to watch part two and three, it also makes me want to watch other movies like Scarface and Goodfellas. I fully recommend this movie.
Yes, watch it.
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