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Max’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
-Ooooooo, how to talk about this one.
One of the most acclaimed films of all time, Coppola’s The Godfather is a technical Marvel for the time, with a compelling plot, and mostly fantastic performances. There’s good reason why this is seen as the height of its genre, but it barely scrapes out of my Top 100 mainly due to pacing. Pacino and Brando really bring this one up, so when they disappear from the main plot during the second act, the movie really drags, which is always a problem, but especially when a movie is this long. A three-hour run time doesn’t usually bother me, but damn, you can feel this one. I do think this is a solid 20 minutes too long, there’s a lot of stuff here that’s pretty superfluous. This pacing problem also extends to the climax. Carlo’s death happens far too late after Sonny’s, to the point where I was actually afraid they might have dropped the subplot entirely. Still, this is an amazing film, with great performances, stand out sequences and themes, and a particularly spectacular first act.-
It insists upon itself