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On 1 level, the GFs are rancid potboilers that shouldn't past muster, & many aspects of the story are sh*t (cardboard relationships, creaking plot devices) but the performances haul them clear of the... Read more cheesepond. Classic? Erm. Crunchy? Definitely.
What a timeless classic. No wonder it did so well with awards etc. Fantastic performance from Al Pacino and interesting to see how he grew into his role. Looks a bit different nowadays but remember... Read more it was made in the 70's, so appreciate that fact. Highly recommended.
Is this really a good movie by today’s standards? I know The Godfather was a landmark gangster movie and helped put Coppola’s moviemaking career on the map, but is it really that... Read more convincing? Sure these gangster characters were probably a big improvement after years of cartoon like stereotypes. But I struggled to imagine these seemingly small time crooks as the biggest crime family in a street let alone neighbourhood or city.
James Caan is about as Italian Mafioso as Tony Blair and Marlon could be touchingly playing the role of an old grocer in the autumn years. He doesn’t possess the menace and imminent violence of a Tony Soprano.
However, this movie did save The Mountain so ‘nuff respect for that.
I guess it’s just as well they don’t make me like they used to.
I have looked forward to watching this movie for years, but never got around to it! Finally got to see it with my movie membership. While it was sufficiently captivating to keep my interest, I found... Read more it pretty dated (not just in the sense of being an older movie, but in the acting style and storyline treatment... quite predictable at times) and not in the same league as the riveting "The Departed". I wouldn't rate it a classic.
It's reputation came before it. It was not as brutal as I thought it might be so well worth a look see. It will be interesting to see what happens in Part 2.
First time viewing, and although I found the story line a bit confusing and hard to follow at times, it is a gripping movie. Fascinating to see how Michael develops into the role of the new Godfather... Read more. All the same, it's not as good as the Sopranos.
slow but quite well done MB is excellent in this role. Can you Believe Diane Keaton once wore orange dresses and a beehive? Not sure it holds up today given the fast pace of today's crime movies,but... Read more altogether an historical piece of acting from legendary greats as AL Pacino and Marlon Brando.
I saw this movie when it first came out and loved it so much back then that I read the book. (I enjoyed Mario Puzo's fantastic storytelling and read more of his books.) Watching the movie again over... Read more 40 years later was great. I had a much better understanding of what was happening as the story evolved and got so much more out of it. Loved the old time settings too especially the cars. A timeless movie.
Bold. Brutal. Excellent. Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo weave an intelligent web of deception and defiance in this masterpiece of cinematic brilliance. Every shot, every moment is full of greatness... Read more. If you do not agree, I strongly urge you to watch it again. I was amazed how viewing this more than once affected my different opinion of it. First time: okay. Second time: great. Third time and onwards: AMAZING! A must-see.
This is a true movie great. Its a drama so dont expect special effects and the like, but the acting is some of the best ever. Brando is particulary good in this one