The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

[Best Picture- 25/94]
An incredible feat managing an epic scale of 10+ years, careful, measured visuals, and tensions that extend well beyond the scenes playing out at the moment-- every choice in this film means something.

While this is only my second Francis Ford Coppola film, I noticed his talent in crafting drama, complete with striking colors against muted background, and violent juxtaposition (see the baptism scene), not dissimilar to his juxtaposition of Mina's wedding and Lucy's death in Bram Stoker's Dracula. I came into watching the film with the impression that it was about Marlon Brando's Don Vito Corleone- after all, he's headlined as The Godfather himself, and is on the posters, the trailers, and it really makes it out to be about him-- but it's not. It's a story about Michael Corleone and his transformation from the meek, uninvolved Boy Scout type who was reluctant to be involved in the family business to... well, I'll just say he's much less innocent and naïve by the end of the film, which Coppola and Al Pacino handle impressively.
Unfortunately, my experience in watching this film was sort of marred from having had to watch it in three sittings (watched with family), so it was sort of difficult to get a handle on all of the intrigue explored in the movie: but eventually when things clicked in my mind, it was incredibly satisfying, which made that work on top of the already anchoring performances.
Shout out to Talia Shire for her portrayal of a conflicted and troubled victim of abuse as Connie Corleone- conflicted in loyalty to family and her relationship with Carlo.
Managed to snag a copy of the Coppola Restoration Blu-ray set for $1.98 after remembering an Amazon gift card- it was certainly worth the money I spent on it and more!

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