ChristopherLamb’s review published on Letterboxd:
The day has come. I’ve watched what is ubiquitously considered as one of the greatest movies of all time and it’s about damn time. I’m happy to report that I agree with all the tout this movie gets. I was scared I would end up not liking this or be bored for how long the movie is and my official Movie Fan Card would be metaphorically shredded into pieces. Luckily my attention never wavered a bit in the 3 hours and had a great time.
You may be asking why the fuck it only has 4 stars. No, it’s not because Im a contrarian. I’ve just never had an affinity toward the crime/gangster genre. It’s not my thing. That’s why i was nervous that I wouldn’t like it. I don’t care about the power dynamics and am rarely interested in the storylines or characters involved.
The Godfather actually made me care about all of those. I loved Michael’s transformation throughout the movie and the tragedy of seeing him slowly get corrupted by fear and anger into what he ultimately becomes by the end. I definitely got confused by the story along the way but I loved researching interpretations and hearing different perspectives about this movie afterward. I learned a lot that made me appreciate the movie even more than I did just watching it.
While it’s nowhere near a favorite of mine, I did love it and since I’m extremely behind writing this and have watched Part 2 already I can say that I enjoyed this one a bit more.
Also it’s hilarious to me how I’ve seen so many scenes of this parodied in tv shows and never even knew it until seeing this.
Embarrased I Havent Seen