Ollie Cochran’s review published on Letterboxd:
Concurrently documenting not only 10 years of the Corleone family but also the inner workings of their dynasty and its tumultuous members, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather earns its place as one of the most highly respected films of all time. It’s been overly lauded for me to say anything wholly original, but I’ll summarise my thoughts after my first (full) viewing. This 1972 feature blends all the elements that work together to complete a film in the most excellent way. With Marlon Brando and Al Pacino leading the line of remarkable performances and picturesque cinematography from Gordon Willis, from a technical standpoint The Godfather excels in numerous categories. Even then, I couldn’t bring myself to give it 5*. This is only my first watch - bear in mind - I have plenty more mafia films to dig my teeth into. I have no doubts that upcoming rewatches, or other experience of Mafia cinema, may veer my rating into the upper tier. Until then, I’ll leave it with this. It’s a remarkable film, but it may take some time for me to fully appreciate its astounding legacy.