The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

Rated R - 2 Hours 55 Minutes
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall
Summary: The violent and tumultuous reign of the aging Godfather comes to an end, his son triumphantly takes his place as the head of the family!

Quintessential american gangster epic featuring Hollywood royalty namely Marlon Brando and Al Pacino! Brando was born for the role of Don Corleone! Brando's larger than life performance captured the very essence of a mythical Don whom on one hand lived by a code of honor, revered loyalty, respect, familia, and god! And on the other hand ruled murdering thugs for profit!

The film walked a fine line between glamorizing and legitimizing a bunch of hoods and painting an accurate depiction of a crime family! I felt the film did an commendable job portraying the mobsters as both good and evil! Both killers and devoted fathers, both criminals and devout catholics! For man is indeed a complex creature capable of reflecting both light and darkness!

Francis Ford Coppola set the gold standard for future gangster films! Its far reaching effects on the film industry and pop culture lives on to this very day in ways they (Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola) never could have imagined!

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