Tommy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Beautifully executed, amazing at every step, some good classic Italian culture. It’s been a few years since seeing this, and there is so much going on that I overlooked when I was younger. There is so much tension buildup, leading to unexpected, Gory, mafia action.
Brando is amazing. He never raises his voice, he always maintains a level head when acting, just like Micheal. It was such a clear transition between Vito and Micheal, and as Micheal gains more power over the family, he resembles the father more and more, especially when punched by the police chief, his jaw looked like Vito’s. This movie was truly a reverse Hero’s Journey: beginning on a virtuous WWII hero, following his decent into crime and carrying out action for ‘the family’. In the mono myth, hero’s journey circle, the truth is found at the midpoint, followed by the character’s low point. This is reversed in The Godfather.
The turning point was Micheal killing the police Chief and the mob leader trying to kill his father. He does this in protection of ‘the family’ and instead of a low point in dealing with the consequences of murder, he Micheal experiences his happiest point in the movie: going to Italy and marrying.
The reason the mob was able to stay intact and efficient was their inherent structure and code. Upon breaking a photographer’s camera, Caan drops a couple dollars in compensation. This shows he’s got a hot head, but willing to compensate $$$. Fraito is a bitch boy with no backbone. I wonder what happens to him in the sequel.
This review was a bit all over the place, but I loved it, and I loved eating spaghetti w some homies while viewing it.