Challenging SCOTT STEINER's authority
Join Date: Apr 2007
Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
The Godfather - I probably watch this movie once a year. Because it's quite long, but, everytime I look at it, I stumble onto something new each time. It's probably been "reviewed" here but I'd like to add my take on it.
This 1972 Best Picture Winner at the Academy Awards is based on the somewhat "true" stories heard and seen through the grapevines & the bushes by writer Mario Puzo, chronicling the life of an Organized Crime family embroiled into tragedy on a deal gone wrong.
All the actors in this movie all play their part exceptionnally well no matter how small their part is (i.e. Al Martino, a famous crooner of the 70's and 60's plays the part of Johnny Fontane, a singer that his the godson of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). For someone that is a singer first of all, even his performance is worth watching, that goes to say that today's so called stars of the big screen that were once on stage singing and dancing are far too over-rated and get too much exposure because of the Internet factor, something that takes away from real talent a lot of time, mmh, enough with this rant though, back to the movie.)
The mere fact that the movie was filmed in the 70's adds to the feel of the movie something that I'm afraid could and will never ever be captured on screen again. The grittiness and human nature of the filmmaking is quite exceptional, taking us right into the action, as would tv reality shows, minus the drama. After watching the first 15 minutes, you forget these men and women are all actors.
The story itself, which spans three full lenght films is not necessarily gripping. It is how it is delivered that makes it so enthralling and captivating.
Only one recommendation would be of outmost importance for anyone wanting to watch this trilogy for the first time, read the book first. So much information has been taken out of the movie, it kind of puts first time viewers at a disadvantage in trying to figure who's who and what are their stories.
You can always go ahead and not read the book, but at least, have someone that's seen the movie before to try and help you comprehend it better the first time. Or, if you've got plenty of time on your hands, watch it twice.
Anyone that wants to be familiarized with the higher ranks of the Organized Crime society that was the Mafia back in those days should watch this movie. Anyone that believes in faith should also watch this movie.
Some people would say the second part is the best because of Robert De Niro's tremendous acting performance. I would tend to disagree and say this part is the best of all three. The core of the story is what is most important to any story and it is in the first part of the trilogy that everything is set into place.
A must see for anyone that's either a fan of Al Pacino, Organized Crime, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton, all of thee above, or just great film making and acting all put together. And anyone that loves New York City will be pleased with the famous Big Apple streets and beyond. Watching this movie at least once is an offer you cannot refuse!
9.9/10 (There's nothing that's perfect in this world)