Jana’s review published on Letterboxd:
Vito Corleone: You spend time with your family?
Johnny: Sure I do.
Vito Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
This is the first time I've watched a film and watched it again the very next day. lol. And I must say I've never experienced such intensity in a baptism ceremony. Ugghh
It's really funny how simple these Mafia's tactics are. With few guns, few explosives, and few men... theeeere goes the war. No need for a blueprint or any deep shitty science to execute a murder. No need for a ninja or a monk or a spy or a CIA agent who trained in a mountain for 10, 20, or more years. Heck, a civilian may even execute the job! Seriously, I really find this peculiar, friggin' mental, and striking for a film that was designed to be like THIS.
Where cleverness comes is how "TRUST" and "LOYALTY" are built, be it by genuine love or manipulation (just like how the poster of The Godfather illustrates puppeteering). In The Godfather, trust and loyalty control the war and the people, determine whether a family wins or loses and judge whether one lives or dies. And perhaps, these are the reasons why Don Corleone spoke so highly of "FAMILY", be it by blood or not.
*Dreamy sighhh* Hands down to how the good and the evil dance with each other in The Godfather. I love the clashing of black and white. I love the love and the hatred. I love the irony. Damn it.