Shwet’s review published on Letterboxd:
“If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything; it’s that you can kill anyone.”
GODDAMN! I CANNOT BELIEVE AL PACINO DID NOT WIN THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR THIS!!!!
Pacino’s death stare pierces like shattered glass into your soul, with an intimidating and hypnotic presence. His simmering rage, intensely subdued vulnerability and his capacity for emotion is what makes Michael Corleone such a compelling complex and tragic character.
Robert De Niro had a difficult job to do. He had to fill in Marlon Brando’s towering shoes while also making the character of Vito Corleone his own.
Both these cinematic titans shine through the delivery of intense subtext.
I had seen this movie ages ago and scarcely remember anything. So this watch was just as good as watching it for the first time. Perhaps even better because at 22 I can appreciate it a whole lot more I could at 10.
The juxtaposition of young Vito Corleone building the empire and Michael leading it into downfall as he loses his conscience is magnetic and captivatingly genius.
The dialogue is subtle. The pacing and lighting is gorgeous and not a single moment of the movie’s nearly 3.5 hours runtime is wasted.
Coppola truly understood the assignment. Everyone involved with this film did.
• I don’t like seeing my beloved Diane Keaton unhappy and frightened.
• Not enough Marlon Brando.
• Robert De Niro and Al Pacino don’t share the screen :(
• Could somebody please get me that orange Al Pacino was sucking on?
• Send me to film school already so I can rewatch and dissect every damn frame of this masterpiece.
• The Oscars really did Pacino dirty. I MEAN COME ON! ACTING DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS!