The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

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One of my Thanksgiving traditions is watching "The Godfather" followed by the sequel, the following day. As Thanksgiving is a holiday about getting close to your families, and The Godfather is at its heart. A movie about family dynamics. As highly regarded as The Godfather is, I'll be the first to admit it's not a movie for everybody. The film does focus a lot on the political side of the mafia lifestyle. And to some people, that is not fun to watch. However, what really helps me gravitate towards this film is, like I said the family dynamics and Michael's character arc. The Corleones might be scummy, but, we see what they do through their eyes. And they truly care about one another as a family. Also, Michael has one of the best character arcs in any film I've ever seen. He initially never wanted anything to do with the Corleone crime family. However, with attempts made on his father's life, his brother being killed by Barzini, and his father finally dead. He decides to step in and save the Corleones and as a result, becoming a much more ruthless crime boss than his father ever was. That is real human tragedy, it's almost Shakespearean. The direction by Coppola is perfect. The dark lighting gives the film a foreboding atmosphere that fits the film perfectly. And the costumes and set designs really help make this film an entertaining period piece. The performances are all great. Especially, Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone. He may not have much screen time, but, his presence is unforgettable. Like I said, The Godfather may not be for everyone, but, I can personally tell you that I'm sucked into the crowd with this one.

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