The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★½

The Godfather is the definitive mafia film and it really stands the test of time, being one of the finest films ever made. Francis Ford Coppola not only explores this whole underworld ruled by different crime lords, but also analyzes the dilemmas and intrigues that exist in the Corleone family and all the people that surround it. You realize how every character here is crucial to the story at some point. There is a huge amount of suspense in many occasions and the scenes where someone gets executed can be quite abrupt and explosive. What I liked the most about the story was seeing how Michael Corleone slowly accepts his destiny, making really tough decisions and becoming a completely different person by the end of the film.

All the cast provide top-notch performances, especially Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone. He owned that role as an aging patriarch and head of one of the most powerful mafia families in the area of New York in the 1940s. Everytime he was on screen, I felt compelled by what he was saying. Don Vito is just very rich as a character as he values respect more than anything, being always eloquent and caring towards others. Al Pacino gives a very nuanced performance as Michael Corleone, one of Don Vito's sons. Following his transition as a character was truly remarkable. The final moments in the film reflect that in a very powerful and intense manner. Finally, I have to say this film definitely has one of the most beautiful scores I've ever heard. Now I am extremely anxious to watch The Godfather: Part II and I'm glad I will be seeing it once and for all in a few moments.

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