duck’s review published on Letterboxd:
An absolutely iconic piece of film that will be remembered and appreciated forever. It definitely deserves its place as one of the greatest films of all time.
What hits you immediately when the film starts is how amazing the dialogue and performances are. Every line is fantastically written and delivered by these legendary actors. Marlon Brando gives one of the most famous performances of all time and Al Pacino perfectly portrays his character’s loss of innocence and rise to power.
The story is lengthy and complex following multiple characters but not once was I taken out of it. My eyes were glued to the screen and those three hours flew by. We’re given a very realistic depiction of the mafia but this film isn’t just about that and the violent crimes they commit. It’s about power, family, loyalty and betrayal. It’s also a very immaculately structured and detailed story and the events within it are placed so well, making it all tie together wonderfully by the end. Excellent visual storytelling is used too and this is only enhanced by the way some scenes are edited. One example is the baptism scene which is just phenomenal.
The music and score by Nina Rota is another aspect that is definitely worth mentioning and elevates the film even further. It’s nostalgic, relaxing but when it needs to be, it’s dramatic and grand which is exactly what the tone of the story is like. All of this is topped off with brilliant directing skills and clever cinematography that uses the dark incredibly well.
There really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said thousands of times before.
This film is definitely a must watch and deserves all the respect and critical acclaim that it receives. I was actually going to give this a 4.5 but it’s one of those films where the more I learn and think about it, the more my appreciation for it grows. When the credits rolled I immediately wanted to experience it again.
I cannot wait to watch part 2 and rewatch this.
Thanks for reading :)