Quick Hit Review: "The Godfather"

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Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece starring Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as Don Vito Corleone, patriarch of an Italian-American crime family. The classic spans from 1945 through 1955 and also depicts Michael Corleone's (Al Pacino) transformation into a ruthless Mafia boss. Based on Mario Puzo's 1969 novel of the same name.
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Quick Hit Review: "The Godfather"

That immortal music, the commanding performances, and the brutal honesty, these are the elements that make the 1972 classic “The Godfather” a masterpiece. They are all symbiotic in the creation of this piece from Francis Ford Coppola.

The musical score from composer Nino Rota encapsulates both the era, as well as the culture of the Italian Mafia presented in “The Godfather”. Within the first 10 seconds you get the immense feeling of this powerful score. Rota beautifully gives you power, passion, and tragedy all wrapped into one.

The performances are known by “Godfather” fans and non-fans alike. The best actor Academy Award for 1972 went to Marlon Brando in possibly his best performance as the tragic anti-hero of Don Vito Corleone. Three gentlemen were also nominated for best supporting actor from “The Godfather”, Al Pacino, Scott Caan, and Robert Duvall. The performances of these actors are what gave life to this tale of an Italian mob family that must stay on top of the crime world to survive.

Lastly the brutal honesty of the tale, from the novel and screenplay by Mario Puzzo provides the characters with depth and intrigue. The father, the sons, and the “family”, the Italian mob is a “family’ business after all.

“The Godfather” lives on as one of the greatest films of all time, rightfully so. It’s a movie that everyone must see at least once in their lives. Many agree, the only thing that rivals this incarnation in the gangster genre is its sequel, “The Godfather Part II”.

4.5 out of 5 stars