Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Godfather (1972) review
It's the second most beautiful film I've ever seen, but it's not the entertaining one out there.
PLOT:In 1940s New York, the Italian mafia families rule. One of these families in particular is the Corleone family, in which a Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) leads. People in need, such as close friends and celebrities, come to him for help, and he supplies it in whatever ways necessary. When he denies working with a drug dealer, he's ambushed and shot on the spot. He lives, but now it's up to his family to protect him and bring him justice. His son, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), takes on the role of serving him justice by planning a kill with the family. This spins off into a whole series of events which I choose not to spoil. It's a good idea for a plot and executed beautifully.
ACTING:All performances in this film were great. Brando flawlessly performed the role of Vito Corleone, the godfather. Pacino did a brilliant job as well. Just about everyone shined in here, but the honorable mentions go to James Caan as Sonny, Lenny Montana as Luca Brasi, and Simonetta Stefanelli as Apollonia.
SCORE:This film has some of the most beautiful themes I've heard in a film, especially the main theme by itself.
OTHER CONTENT:This is definitely one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen next to "2001". Every scene from meetings, to love, to death is filmed with such delicacy and tenderness that it comes off as near perfect. The only flaw I was able to find in the film was that it didn't come off as the most exciting or entertaining film out there. I found it lengthy and found myself wondering, "When will this end?" "2001" intrigued me, but this was a bit monotonous. Nevertheless, Coppola's direction is still rock solid and brilliant. I have definitely earned some respect for him.
OVERALL,an awesome film with a beautifully executed plot, great acting, beatiful score, and near perfect filming with rock-solid direction, but it was a little monotonous and lengthy at times.