Makes you feel like rejoicing in the characters' victories and violence every time. Why? It's hard to pinpoint the exact reasons, especially in a movie that's so well crafted you're left speechless. But that's the point, I guess -- we leave the gun and take the cannoli!
It's almost shakespearean in its obsession with the darkness within each of its characters. Powerful Men either try to rise within a just society or exercise their power to create a new one. But in a world such as this, where there is no justice, there's no way to fight the your enemy through just means. Coppola's crime epic is a pitch-perfect tale about the conflict between power and honour, respect and legitimacy.
Under some gauzy guise of “family values,” this popcorn flick, slick and politically servile Oscar fodder promoted a puffed “opera” gimmick as real and relevant, made, marginalized and moored film as a global, commercial novelty to mainstream consensus. Not only did it do NOTHING for the medium artistically, it counterproductively spawned endless false bravado of prick waving and fame whoring for generations to come.
I've made several attempts to watch "The Godfather" from a more analytical standpoint...and every time, I just get caught up in the story, the characters, the performances, the camerawork, and the film's universe in general. Like "Pulp Fiction", it's a film you can thoroughly enjoy for it's craft and entertainment value alone, and any deeper meaning you find in it is merely a bonus.