It has been over 45 years since The Godfather (Mar 24, 1972) came out and this is the first time I’ve watched it. Yeah, unbelievable I know, but gangster movies are not high on my list. I have watched the whole trilogy now, but will only focus on the first in the series.
I found it funny that the people responsible for making this a memorable film were not the studio’s first choices. Putting that aside, I must say that I can not imagine this movie being made with any other actors. Marlon Brando played Vito Corleone, the godfather, to perfection. He gave the character the feel of a camouflaged snake ready to strike at any moment. James Caan was excellent as the emotional opposite as his son Sonny Corleone. Al Pacino was a good blend of both Vito and Sonny. Diane Keaton as Kay, Michael Corleone’s wife, is played as an innocent woman whose life is changed dramatically by her marriage.
The cinematography was done very well by use of a yellow filter which gave the film an old-world feeling. All of the main characters were very believable and not stereotypes. The storyline keeps the viewer interested in the action. Apparently, the actors and director, Francis Ford Coppola, did such a good job that it is said that real gangsters started to quote lines from the film. That is the true art behind a film that has had an impact on our cultural consciousness. I liked the film very much and give it 5 stars out of 5. It is definitely worth watching more than once.