Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
While exceptional movies always hold up ... Masterpieces get even better each time you see them.
"You don't even think to call me Godfather. You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money."
Of all the movies I have ever written about, coming up with thoughts worthy of The Godfather might be the most daunting yet. It has one of the great musical themes, top-notch performances, and countless iconic lines and moments that are embedded in movie history. But the most remarkable part about revisiting this epic gangster film this time, was noticing how perfectly structured it was with its relaxed pacing.
(Quick Hits) ... Spoilers:
- I remember watching this when I was younger and thinking the opening wedding scene was too long. But this time those first 30 minutes flew by and set the stage up for this story so well
"It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."
- While the story is very simple with gang violence breaking out over Vito Corleone's refusal to get involved with the drug trade ... the large amount of side gangster characters that you are never sure about, keep you holding your breath the whole time. Plus this element also makes the action scenes feel fresh and surprising each time
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
- One time my friend in college accidentally set their DVD player to black and white mode, so that is how we watched the whole movie since I did not even think about it actually being in color. I definitely did not notice the color orange foreshadowing trouble during that watch
- Did anyone not know about the horse head before they watched this?
- I was a treat keying into the sound of the train when Michael kills those guys in the restaurant
"Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry."
- The Godfather is such a huge movie with so many great sequences, and Coppola did an amazing job of maintaining that same moody but warm atmosphere the entire runtime
- Chef's kiss to that scene of the guy being shot in the car by the tall grass with the Statue of Liberty in the background
- Marlon Brando is great as Vito, but I simply prefer the moments focused on Michael
- Michael's Sicilian wife > Diane Keaton
- What a badass way for Sonny to get taken out!
- It is tragic we get so little of Connie, with her big moment being where she loses her temper and then gets beaten by her husband
- I had never noticed before how that scene with Fredo in Vegas majorly foreshadows the next movie
- What a brilliant ending as we get all those hits one after another during the baptism ... leading up to that final iconic shot of the door closing on Kay
“I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.”
- The film is made up of just so many amazing moments that you almost don't even need its themes of America being the land of opportunity, along with the mob taking advantage of its corrupt justice system to elevate it
As much as I love The Godfather, I recall liking part 2 even more with how dark it gets. Which one do you prefer?
Thanks for reading.
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