🔷Matthew Ramsey🔷’s review published on Letterboxd:
What? A screening of "The Godfather" at a multiplex not far from my house in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary? That was an offer my parents and I just couldn't refuse.
I speak with a sound mind that this was one of the best moviegoing experiences of my life. Here was a movie that I've seen from start to finish many times in the past ten years, yet seeing this restored and enhanced version on the big screen made it seem like a first viewing. There was something about how the picture moved that you can't really get on a television screen. This was actually my first time seeing the movie uninterrupted, and I really appreciated the movie even more. It's almost three hours long, and it just flows like water. There were plenty of details my parents and I noticed upon this screening: the Oscar next to Woltz's bed, the single tear from Vito as Michael assures him that "I'm with you now", and a photographer even appears at the gate for the film's last funeral. Almost miraculously, I actually heard what Marlon Brando was saying most of the time. Of course, a factor to that might've come from watching the movie with subtitles in the past. Along with these refreshing discoveries, I also noticed some hiccups more than ever before. Mainly the fake punching in one scene and some parts with obvious dubbing like this one. When looking at the big picture though, I don't freaking care about these little imperfections. The Sphinx is missing a nose, but it doesn't lessen its monumental presence. "The Godfather" was, and still remains, a towering work of art with attention to atmosphere and time, and it was made with class, intelligence and humanity.
I don't know if I would call this next thought "poetic", but there's something interesting about watching "The Godfather", the most successful movie from its year of 1972, while sometimes hearing "Spider-Man: No Way Home", the most successful movie from our previous year, which was playing in the room next door.