Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, is the Godfather of a crime family and everything seems to be going well that is until a gang war erupts and things take a turn for the worse.
This film really does last the test of time. Many times in my life I have had people tell me that I have to watch The Godfather and that it is an important film that someone like me, who is really into film, simply must watch, however, for one reason or another I have never gotten around to it. That was the case until recently when I finally decided to sit down and watch it, and boy was it worth it.
I think simply put this is one of the best crime films ever made, and I have seen a lot of gangster films over the years, I would say that this film is very much on the same level as the in-genre works of Scorsese. Everything about it works from the story which feels both incredibly relatable and also completely foreign, to the performances which are just top notch across the board. Even the pacing, which is usually something that bothers me a lot about films and TV shows works, not a second of this film is wasted.
It is hard to decide who has a better showing here between Brando and Al Pacino, both are terrific and have fantastic moments but I think upon reflection the beauty of their performances is really enhanced by bouncing off each other.
Overall, probably the best Gangster film ever made.
The family dynamics
The action and the tension
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