And here we go. After so many months of hype from Dan, Joe and many others at the station, I was given an offer I couldn’t refuse (definitely had to see that one coming). When it comes to movies that the guys like to reference, “The Godfather” is the king by far.
Because it is held in such high regard, my expectations were a little high although I was a bit worried about the length of the movie. Thankfully it was rarely boring.
“The Godfather” focuses on the Corleone family who, after the true Godfather (Marlon Brando) is almost killed, a war starts to break out. And while this takes place over the entire film, the violence never feels unnecessary not does it become boring. It keeps you on your toes yet gives enough of a break in between.
And it is this medium that makes this the ultimate mobster movie. While I did like “Goodfellas” a lot, this film keeps a consistent tone with plenty of strong characters. I loved the Don as well as Sonny and Tom but Michael definitely takes the cake.
As the film begins, he seems to be the outcast in the family in that he is much more intellectual and less violent. In fact, he tries to stay out of the family’s business. But after his father is attacked, Michael begins to take action including the shooting in a restaurant.
Now while the scenes in Sicily slowed down the film a bit, it picks back up when Michael comes back culminating in the perfect ending for this movie. While being named The Godfather of his sister’s child, you see all of their rivals gunned down in a brilliant move. The moment is even better as the priest is reading the words for someone who should avoid all evil while the most diabolical sequence in the film takes place. It’s just perfect.
This journey of Michael from the more kind-hearted gentleman to a cold-blooded mobster is what “The Godfather” is all about. No matter how different he may have seemed from the rest of his family, our hero is still pulled into this underworld. At the end of the film, when his henchman shuts the door to Kay, you truly feel like Michael has become The Godfather.
Now there were a few gripes. First off, while the movie was intense, there were some slow moments, which killed tension such as the aforementioned Sicily scenes. Also the time jumps were a little confusing especially because there are no subtitles to explain where we were in time. And along that line, the scenes that were primarily spoken in Italian could be confusing. I certainly understood the reasoning for them but without subtitles, it was hard sometimes to understand what was happening.
But when it’s all said and done, “The Godfather” was as great as advertised. Its consistent feeling of tension along with great character growth made it an instant classic. Just a perfect, solo film. Oh wait…
+ Danny Reiter is the producer of the Dan Sileo Show