To put it simply - one of the very best...
As far as masterpieces go, this sets the bar incredibly high. ‘The Godfather’ for me is a film that can’t be disliked. For the time, it was cinematic perfection. Fast-forward nearly 50 years and it is still as close as it gets. However, for me, ‘The Dark Knight’ still tops this. I waited a very long time to watch this and finally, this year (thanks lockdown for providing me the time) I got my three hours spare and loved every second of it. I am still yet to see the follow-up films fully but I can’t wait to finish this trilogy and experience why there is so much chatter about these films. Al Pacino is beyond perfect in this, his young character really breathes fresh air into the film which begins being dominated by an older, more experienced cast. Pacino holds the weight perfectly with his charm, his calmness and incredibly intimidating nature - something explored brilliantly in the film. The acting on all fronts is incredible, the film is like the perfect painting and it is visually beautiful. There is very little I can say about how good this is because, let’s be honest, there aren’t enough words. Now, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” but not just him, everyone, watch this before you die. I beg you.
For me to expand on my first paragraph about ‘The Godfather’ any more, I need to seriously dig deep. The scenes in Sicily are up there with some of my favourites of all-time. The scenery, the depth, everything just screams out at me “pay attention!” I loved this part of the film, I loved the rise of Michael Corleone, I loved that there are several storylines all intertwining throughout and how well it is executed. I remember when my collaboration with Against the Backdrop studied this and I loved watching it then and I can’t wait to watch it again. I could go on forever how much I love this, the same way I could for any film to break into the 9s and above on my review list, but I just don’t have enough words to describe how perfect ‘The Godfather’ actually is.
Duration: 2h 55 mins
Released: 24 August 1972 (UK).
My Rating: 9.0/ 10.