a critiQal film review The Godfather (1972)

Plot: Meet the Corleone family. They throw huge parties. They have famous friends. They are also one of the big mafia families. After The Godfather (Brando) is gunned down, his sons Sonny (Caan) and Michael (Pacino) must try to take over the family business and prevent all out war with the other families.

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  • ...simply one of the best mob movies ever made.

What is there to say about The Godfather that hasn’t already been said? That it’s one of the best mafia movies ever? That the acting is amazing, and the plot draws you in? That’s all been said before. In fact, Marlon Brando won an Oscar® for his performance.

The acting is very well done. The cast of characters is simply enormous, and everyone will recognize at least a few faces. With everyone from Al Pacino to Robert Duvall to Diane Keaton, everyone seems to be here! The only person that seems to be missing is Robert DeNiro, and he shows up in one of the sequels! There is a lot of character acting, and everyone does a great job.

The plot is very important to a film of this length (3 hours) as much as the acting is. The dialogue is very well done, and has brought the world some famous lines, such as “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse,” among others. The plot moves right along and doesn’t lag very much. You almost don’t know that the 3 hours has gone by when the film finishes.

Thankfully, this film, along with The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990), are now packaged as a complete trilogy with an entire extra disc devoted to special features. The price tag is a bit steep, but worth every penny. DVD is the best format for this collection, and the extra disc of special features is an added bonus.

Simply one of the best mob movies ever made, The Godfather is a must see, if you haven’t seen it already. Even if you have seen it before, you need to experience all three on DVD. Buy them, today.

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