"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse"
Quick Thoughts #29 The Godfather • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola • Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan
A tale about crime and family dynamics that is perfect in almost every way, The Godfather tackles a mammoth 3 hour runtime with complete ease, turning in what is possibly the greatest narrative ever in film. To say that this film is he most hyped up in the history of cinema would be an understatement, but how good The Godfather is truly transcends the medium as a whole. The direction, the cinematography and score are all easily some of the greatest of all time, and that barely scratches the surface of just exactly what this film does so well. The performances are immaculate, all across the board many actors put in there finest efforts and it pays off in the biggest way. Marlon Brando's turn as Vito Corleone will go down as one of the most iconic performances ever, but the actor who really brings it home is Al Pacino. Utilizing an undeniable confidence and a reserved yet widely ranging set of emotions, Pacino 100% steals the show by the end, even if it may not seem that way from the beginning. I was incredibly surprised with how Coppola restrained on violence for so long, relenting only after we learn about the characters themselves, their motivations, and how the family business runs. Also very clever of Coppola to use oranges as a warning signal for Vito and the family as a whole.
Is it the greatest film of all time? In my opinion, no it's not, but I completely see why many feel this way.
Grade: A* (Masterpiece)