I remember seeing the movie in middle school, and reading through Mario Puzo’s works in high school, they were light reading, to say the least, my father used to read the paper while I read the books, that how easy and comprehendible the words were, and for the most part the movie was the same, sticking to the premise with the attention rightly given to the words that were written in the book, the casting was the hallmark of this movie, and the acting made the book come to life, very few instances have made me say that, the only other at the moment that comes to mind are the first two movies in the harry potter series, among others, but as I have to review them I won’t share the names just so hastily, as prematurely speaking, is a seed that isn’t one that is in time worth reaping.
Marlon Brando was exceptional and F.F.Cappolla was a man who knew what he was doing, among modern day filmmaking that is something else that one can’t say without giving credit to the CGI team and the cinematographer in equal regards, as its more smoking mirrors than back then, when cinema was pure, writing, acting and directing, the three hallmarks of a good movie, in my book.
Al Pacino was a sight for sore eyes as well, he emulated the character of Michael Corleone to an E. The premise and the way the first movie fed into the second, taking a topic that Goodfellas and a few others did take into the right direction, but sadly more bad movies have been made on the Mafia than good, and that is the problem, and also a silver lining for this playbook, as it is made classic thanks to that, the only genre that has worse movies in abundance is horror, well actually all do, my standards are very high for a movie, and this only gets 3, only because of the fact that I don’t want to be biased and have a neutral view, very few critics do that, having been bought by media and production houses on a retainer, it would seem, but that’s something I’ll never do, selling out my love for writing, is more of a death wish, than a respite.
The movie lacked depth in certain areas as did the book, the supporting characters could’ve been better written, no fault of the writer, as in his time there weren’t much to push the mind, but in our time, there has to be more, as anything less won’t be worthy of my time at least, there are iconic dialogues, but they are few and far between, with scenes that grip going in the same direction, as a visual spectacle it doesn’t live up to the hype of the actors that should’ve done a better job, yet Brando and Pacino are deviations from the standard, the standard being average acting, that we saw and in the case of Sunny Corleone, played by a man who doesn’t deserve to be mentioned, over acting seemed to be the only thought that came to mind.
The Godfather is worth a 2- time watch and a one time read, but if you’re not into the mafia way of life, then try to stay clear of this one, as it is nothing but about family dynamics and drama that takes place in the chaos of a family that had so much promise on paper.