The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

Prestigious. Phenomenal. Classic. Iconic. Remarkable. Those few words would be considered understatements that don't fully describe the brilliance of this timeless masterpiece. The Godfather is top-notch perfection in all the ways one would expect it to be considering it's highly indisputable reputation. I wouldn't hesitate at all to call The Godfather an exceptionally exemplary landmark of cinematic art that most certainly deserves a tremendous amount of respect. It's influence on the mob genre will never be forgotten. The Godfather is anchored by first-rate performances, extraordinary direction, an iconic score, deep characterization, flawless cinematography, and an emotionally impactful story. Marlon Brando as Don Corleone is unquestionably my favorite performance of all-time! I always found myself impersonating Don Corleone so many times growing up. How could anyone not?! Don Corleone upholds an abundance of extremely respectable principles that every man should follow regarding his family and earning and giving respect among his fellow men. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone has one of the greatest on-screen character arcs of all-time throughout this film and into Part II. Seeing him go from soldier not wanting anything to do with the family business to the confident and fearless succeeding Godfather is nothing short of captivating. At the end of the day, the heart of The Godfather is truly about this family that you find yourself intensely wrapped up in and increasingly invested in as the film progresses. This is a family that most importantly sticks together for each other. The Godfather teaches us about family responsibility, loyalty, integrity, respect, the importance of the relationship between father and son, self-control, and honor. You simply can't go your whole life without watching The Godfather 1 & 2.

My Grade: A+