You know when people get all "You really need to watch this movie because it's just incredible?" And you go like "Yeah but its long as fu*k"? This is one of those movies. Amazing story, great performances everywhere you look. You understand the characters and why they do what they do.
On my first watch, I am sure there are things I am forgetting about The Godfather. However, the overall experience was a positive one. Clearly, this is FFC's masterpiece and defines him as a brilliant filmmaker. The performances here are vibrant, moving and exciting, and even Marlon Brando as Vito doesn't nearly fall short to the cliched image of him with his cat. A legendary film that deserves its attention.
(rewatch) as handsome and lucid as its reputation suggests. i prefer the focus on ethnicity and ritual in this chapter to the grand allegories of its sequel. pacino is menacing and effective (as well as quiet, at this point in his career). however, the film's fundamental indifference to women makes the tension between him and keaton feel a bit false.