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The Godfather (1972)

10/10

The godfather of a New York crime organization is aging, and under attack by a rivaling crime syndicate. But his youngest son provides hope for the future of his family. 

We all know that “The Godfather” (1972) is one of the best movies that was ever made so why even write a review on it? The answer to this question is that for some reason the younger generation talks significantly less about “The Godfather” trilogy than previous generations. And to a certain extent this is normal because it is a 1970’s movie after all. However, I still find it very strange that people in their early 20’s are mentioning the trilogy less and less these days.

So let’s start with why everyone, even the younger generation, should watch this film. Firstly, it has an extremely well written script because you immediately notice what the premise is and the original dialogue. Sometimes you read scripts which contain some kind of hidden premise and funky dialogue lines. However, “The Godfather” is very simplistic in nature yet it knows how to make it intriguing with unique and realistic characters that use epic one-liners. Moreover, the concept of rivaling crime syndicates is nothing new and might not have been that interesting if it was not for the godfather himself and the realistic family dynamics. And with this I mean the youngest child (in this case son) syndrome in which the youngest is always protected and considered as the weaker one. However, Michael Corleone flips things around, and proves to his own family that he is the smartest one of the bunch and that he does have courage. Moreover, this film establishes Michael Corleone as the one that has the capabilities to take over the family business and to go “legit”. However, the word “legit” is only used for the outside world and for the mother of his children. Additionally, we see how Michael Corleone goes through a severe character development curve in which he becomes who he needs to be for the sake of the family business. This transition is also perfectly shown to the audience and touches on topics such as nature versus nurture, but that is only visible if you really start to analyze this movie. Maybe you can make the argument that this is not necessarily a simplistic movie, but a movie with a simplistic premise. Which is then surrounded by all kinds of intriguing and realistic events.

Maybe one could even go as far as to say that “The Godfather” is almost like some grand Opera because of the epic music and atmosphere that it has. And that is exactly the reason why this should be a mandatory watch for every person that even remotely enjoys watching movies. Moreover, the acting is so amazing that at times you might think that everything is actually real. And this doesn’t happen often. Of Course this is thanks to actors like Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino, but the supporting cast is also wonderful. Additionally, the setting and set design are one of the best that you have ever seen, and they really give the entire movie a sense of authenticity. 

Overall, “The Godfather” (1972) remains one of the best, and original, mafia movies ever made. I personally think that it’s a shame that modern narcos/mafia movies and series are being preferred over “The Godfather” because there is an actual story, and developed characters in  “”The Godfather”. The modern narcos series relies a lot on action packed scenes in which everyone is constantly shooting. Simply said, the modern narcos/mafia series is missing a sophisticated storyline and plot structure.

Directed by 

Francis Ford Coppola(directed by)

Writing Credits  

Mario Puzo(screenplay by) and
Francis Ford Coppola(screenplay by)
 
Mario Puzo(based on the novel by)

Cast 

Marlon BrandoDon Vito Corleone
Al PacinoMichael
James CaanSonny
Richard S. CastellanoClemenza (as Richard Castellano)
Robert DuvallTom Hagen
Sterling HaydenCapt. McCluskey
John MarleyJack Woltz
Richard ConteBarzini
Al LettieriSollozzo
Diane KeatonKay Adams
Abe VigodaTessio
Talia ShireConnie
Gianni RussoCarlo
John CazaleFredo
Rudy BondCuneo
Al MartinoJohnny Fontane
Morgana KingMama Corleone
Lenny MontanaLuca Brasi
John MartinoPaulie Gatto
Salvatore CorsittoBonasera
Richard BrightNeri
Alex RoccoMoe Greene
Tony GiorgioBruno Tattaglia
Vito ScottiNazorine

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