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The Godfather 
The Godfather review
4/4 stars

My first review of a film which I consider, one of the all-time best ever created. In every movie I would like to see factors that make a great film are visually impressive sceneries, amazing acting, a memorable musical score, interesting characters, quotable quotes, a wide array of emotions felt and subjects that can influence your life. This is a story of a passionate and professional father who will do everything to make his family happy. It’s also the rise of a “new Don.” He offers advice to those who need help even on his daughter’s wedding day. An attempted murder on Don Corleone has failed. Michael, the youngest, gets involved with the family business and is exiled. He marries twice, and bears children to Kaye. Sonny, the eldest, gets murdered because of his temperamental nature. Fredo, the black sheep, is sent to Las Vegas to help in the Corleone’s business. Connie, the battered wife and sister, shows emotions of an unhappily married wife. In one way or the other, we sometimes might relate to the Corleone family. One of many favorite lines: Don Corleone - "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man." "I live my life, I don't apologize to take care of my family. And I refused to be a fool dancing on the strings held by all of those big shots. That's my life, I don't apologize for that. But I always thought that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone. Governor Corleone. Something." Michael - "Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry."

Let’s start with the sceneries. You see an extravagant wedding, a very huge mansion with horses (one of which will play a convincing part), Italy and New York. For the cast, you have Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and James Caan just to name a few legends on screen. Who doesn’t know the quotes of this film? “Take the gun, leave the cannoli,” “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Not everybody “gets” the film, which is understandable based on your views. If it was just a decent film, its global impact would not be appreciated: moved up the updated 2008 American Film Institute’s 100 greatest film list, won countless awards like the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, high acclaim from AFI, Entertainment Weekly, Rotten Tomatoes, Empire magazine, have 8 nominations and the list of accolades goes on and on. In some films/sitcoms who spoof The Godfather, you can hear the movie’s musical score. It has a very catchy tune that is very timeless. Movie references as well even from shows/flicks like Shark’s Tale, The Soprano’s, Analyze This, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, That 70’s show, Married with Children, You’ve Got Mail to name a few. There’s even a video game of the film. You feel empathy, mistreated if you’re a female, shocked with the methods of doing business, chuckle at the Clemenza scenes, astonished with the twists and most of all, entertained by the overall production. It is up to the viewer as to how they interpret the picture. The ceaseless themes of love, loyalty and most of all, significance of family, is one of several ingredients that this classic novel turned to film is still widely discussed/reviewed thru time. In the words of Don Corleone - "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." I can never refuse how great this movie is visually, score, performance and thematic wise. The Godfather a true classic in every sense recognized thru a myriad of generations to enjoy and love.


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