Thursday, May 2, 2013

#tbt The Godfather review

In Roger Ebert's review of Casino, he said "If the Mafia didn't exist, we would need to invent it." I completely agree. There so many great classic mobster movies like GoodFellas, L.A. Confidential, Mean Streets, The Departed, and so many more. At the top of almost anyone's best mob movie list is of course, The Godfather films. I feel like The Godfather is one of those universally known "classic" movies. So I figured that I needed to review it at some point. I've heard a decent amount of people bash The Godfather for being pretentious and boring. I thought I would feel the same way before I saw it but I don't. I actually really liked The Godfather. It's not in my top five favorite movies ever but it was still really good. The direction and cinematography is fantastic. (Francis Ford Coppola got a Best Director nod but didn't win. He and Mario Puzo did win Best Adapted Screenplay.) The acting is award worthy. (Marlon Brando won the Best Actor award while Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and James Caan all got Best Supporting Actor nods but didn't win.) The whole movie is kind of beautiful. It's Coppola's masterpiece. The film is about, if you didn't already now, a dying mafia Don (Marlon Brando) deals with a street war while handing over his mafia empire to his straight arrow son (played awesomely by Al Pacino). The movie is very lengthy, almost three hours, but it uses the length to develop the characters nicely and expand on the story. It's no wonder that it won Best Picture in 1972. It's amazing to see all the famous actors in it. Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and James Caan weren't very widely known until after The Godfather movies. It really kick-started their careers. I will admit, The Godfather is not the best film of all time. Although, it is pretty damn good. Happy Throwback Thursday and as always, Happy Viewing. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and you can like me on Facebook by going to

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