The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

I can´t say anything new about “The Godfather”. The opening scene is iconic, the ending scene is iconic, and everything in between is also iconic. The film won the Oscar for Best Picture, has an average Letterboxd score of 4.6 and an IMdB score of 9.2. To say that the movie is critically acclaimed would be a great understatement. And no, I won´t play the contrarian here. It really is a flawless masterpiece and one of the big milestones of cinematic history.
Nearly everything about “The Godfather” is perfect. The set design, the incredible worldbuilding and immersion, the cinematography, the editing, the iconic score, the fascinating, layered characters, the dialogs, the complex, deep, and engaging story and the timeless themes such as family, identity, duty, love, power, betrayal, crime, morality, guilt, or self- discovery. But the most memorable aspect of the movie is the stellar cast (probably the best ever). James Caan as Sonny, John Cazale as Fredo, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, Diane Keaton as Kay, Richard S. Castellano as Clemenza, and, of course, Al Pacino as Michael. They are all at the top of their game here and both the individual performances and the interactions of the characters are mind-blowing. But even with such a fantastic supporting cast, Marlon Brando overshadows everyone with his unbelievable screen presence and overwhelming gravitas. He is the highlight of a movie full of highlights. He completely made the role his own and gave the (in my opinion) most iconic performance in movie history.
The movie is 175 minutes long and not once was I looking at my cellphone or was distracted in another way. I was sucked into this world from the first scene to the last scene. I often talk about “must-see” movies. Well, “The Godfather” is the ultimate “must-see movie”. It is not my favorite film, but every discussion about the G.O.A.T has to include “The Godfather”.

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