The Godfather

GODFATHER 01 Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Abe Vigoda, Al Lettieri, Lenny Montana, Al Martino, Alex Rocco,The Godfather: first of three movies based on Mario Puzo’s tale of the Sicilian Mafia in New York, circa 1945-1955. There’s no denying that certain aspects of the film are great: it’s littered with original, shocking, powerful, and iconic scenes; there’s page after page of beautifully written dialogue (monologues and large conversations); the cast is truly monumental, and almost everyone is outstanding in their character’s portrayal. My biggest problem with The Godfather is that the sound mix is atrocious and – worse still – some character’s accents are so thick and/or non-enunciated that I watched the entire film with subtitles, in order to make any sense of some characters. Another flaw in the movie is that it could have been edited down, a lot; there’s entire sections of the film that have minimal impact on the story, but drag on and refuse to end (wedding, Sicily…). The direction’s OK – although editing is fairly rough – and the score really adds a punch to the movie. Perhaps this suffers from the ‘Chinatown Effect’ in that a mixture of lifelong hype, and the movie’s impact being far greater when it was released, that modern audiences are left a little cold and short-changed after seeing it. The Godfather feels like a great film diluted down into a good film, but ‘best film of all time’… sit your guinea-wop ass down in front of the tube, put on Godfellas, and tell me this is better – if ya do, ya’ll be sleeping with the fishes, see?

Score: 6/10

GODFATHER 02 Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Abe Vigoda, Al Lettieri, Lenny Montana, Al Martino, Alex Rocco,

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6 comments
  1. Garrett said:

    I felt about the same way when I saw this for the first time. I thought it was a little boring and I had some of the same trouble with some of the accents. However, I watched it again about a year later and loved it. I’m saying you will love it if you rematch it in a year or anything, but it just pains me to see someone give one of my favorite movies, and one that I consider a masterpiece, a 6/10.

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  2. Disagree. One of the greatest films ever.

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  3. nasen75 said:

    I personally enjoyed The Godfather a lot, but I think you make valid points.

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  4. 6/10? You watched The Godfather, right? Like, THE Godfather, 1972, Mario Puzo, Marlon Brando, Coppola, mob, need I state more keywords? I’m just shocked. Not sure I can leave a comment. :(

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Seriously, the same film. As I mentioned, probably a mix of lifelong hype and having seen dozens of other amazing gangster pics I was probably expecting too much.

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      • That’s quite possible. I’ve seen a good handful of “gangster movies” and I don’t think there’s many that keep the solemnity that The Godfather does.

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