The Godfather (1972)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 2 hour 55 min
Release Date: August 24 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Plot Summary

The ageing patriarch of an organised crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

It’s a new year, and resolutions are all part of the new beginnings. For our first event of the year Movie Lovers Movie Club has decided to integrate film with new year resolutions by taking a film from Top Film lists by multiple platforms, but a twist, it has to be a film you have never seen before, some of which are surprising.

Number 2 on IMDb’s top 100 is The Godfather, a film I am ashamed to say I haven’t seen, unit now thanks to #movieloversmovieclub. Regarded as one of the best films of all time The Godfather is a 1972 gangster film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, not that it needs to be introduced.

To say this was filled with memorable moments, honestly, most of the movie is memorable. There are plenty of scenes where the moments just jump out the screen, filled with unforgettable quotes that just ease right off the tongue. All in addition to the typical gangster style shoot outs and vicious nature of these characters, this is a film for the ages.

Coppola manages to keep the interest throughout with some beautifully shot scenes, some of which are much longer than expected but add so much to this film. One, in particular, is the wedding scene, which seems to go on forever, but it’s clever in the way in which it builds up these characters we are about to spend all this time with.

A film which really is a character study of this family, is a perfect point to talk about the cast, who are really at the top of their game throughout this. You get a real sense of the unity of the family, but again with their rival gangs you see the power struggle between these families. Marlon Brando undoubtedly is fantastic through this, but Al Pacino is on a different level, his character goes through so many different changes, meaning Pacino needs to be on his A-game to pull it off.

One gripe with the film was some of the story choices, one in particular where Michael (Al Pacino) has to be sent away to keep him from harm, and gets sent to Sicily, the one place in the world you would’ve thought this family would be known. It didn’t really add too much to the story and seemed a little pointless.

A film that stands the test of time as this has spoken for itself, where personally I wouldn’t have it as one of my favourites, it is clear to see the masterpiece within that still to this day is talked about across the film world.