I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse – Vito Corleone
Francis Coppola’s The Godfather is about Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) an aging patriarch of the Corleone mob family who transfers his power to his reluctant son Micheal Corleone (Al Pacino). Although Micheal has always despised his family’s mob history, he finds himself drawn irresistibly towards the mob hierarchy.
Marlon Brando is superb in this role. This is, undoubtedly, one of the best performances in cinematic history and it is a dream to get to play a character like this. Al Pacino is superb in his role and I still can’t understand why he did not win the Oscar for this movie. He is fantastic and so is Robert Duvall and James Caan.
Godfather’s narrative moves at a snail’s pace and there are scenes which make the movie look like it’s going to explode right now, but it never does. The movie takes up numerous interesting scenes and just drops them and moves onto boring conversations. The movie is built on conversations. But, this time it is not interesting such as Se7en. The movie has a bad time juggling between the mob and dramatic elements. See, if you are making a movie that is almost three hours long, you need to have elements such as intrigue and tension, and don’t get me wrong, the movie has that, but in very small proportions. The character development is superb. You can feel the change in Micheal Corleone. But, what of Sonny and Micheal ? He just lets Micheal become the mob boss, a position that he has been preparing himself throughout his life.
Francis Ford Coppola’s direction fails to bring any interest to the subject matter. The character just move here and there and keep on talking and scheming. Unnecessary scenes just linger on and he desperately tries to make it a mob movie by adding violence.
One thing I liked about the flick was that it was completely built on the mobsters. The movie shows no evilness of the mobsters on the people. It distinguishes good and bad within the bad. That proved out be a very interesting aspect.
The scenes just linger on and on. The soundtrack is superb and brings out some intrigue. The cinematography brings out the darkness which the movie requires in ample quantities.
The Godfather is a mob drama that is so controlled that it never unleashes its true potential. It moves at a snail’s pace and has one of the worst movie climaxes that I have ever seen, but the actors and the technical aspects provide the saving grace to an otherwise average movie.
Rating : 6.1 / 10
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