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The Godfather

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Based upon the trashy potboiler by overrated novelist Mario Puzo, "The Godfather" rises light years above it's source,but still has far too many problems to be a completely satisfying vehicle. The plot involving the inner mechanics of a Mafia family (in both senses of the word) has far too many similarities to Martin Ritt's earlier "The Brotherhood" for comfort, and with the exception of Gordon Willis' stylishly dark cinematography and a series of well-executed, but brutal killings, there isn't alot to recommend this above dozens of far better executed gangster dramas. The casting is a critical flaw. While Brando fares fairly well in what amounts to a supporting role, the fine textures woven by James Caan, Richard Castellano, Abe Vigoda, Sterling Hayden and Robert Duvall are almost completely undone by a young Al Pacino, completely devoid of charisma and unconvincing as a hang-dog brooding Michael Corleone. Even more disastrous is Diane Keaton as his girlfriend-then-wife Kay. Structurally, the film calls for the elimination of it's most interesting characters and events, to instead concentrate on the irritating Pacino. Reputation aside, the details of the workings of the Mafia were far more impressively sketched even in such films as "The Valachi Papers". The score by the great Nino Rota is also,surprisingly, by rote. In reality, the epic feel of "The Godfather" can be explained solely by it's extravagant length (it's "revelations" about the Mafia being a mirror to American corporate corruption etc. etc. are obvious and, again, better explored in other films), but does not excuse it's sloppily handled disappearance of central characters and truncated sub-plots shoddily dealt with; a perfect example being the move to Las Vegas (central to the sequel), more finely detailed even in Puzo's original book. The direction of Francis Ford Coppola is choppy; sometimes impressive, but more often concerned with potent set-pieces instead of a unified whole. His penchant for climatic ritualistic killings continued in both subsequent "Godfather" films, displaying a shocking poverty of directoral imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not as good as everybody says

    what is all the fuss about? i mean, seriously, what is all the fuss about? this movie was oookay, i guess. kind of long and boring. the second one is kind of good when al pacino is killing everybody but the rest of it has subtitles and seriously, who wants to read all that? the third one is probably the best. that's the one where the guy stabs the other guy in the eye with HIS OWN GLASSES! which is an awesome scene. overall, just overrated.

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