“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather tells the story of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), the ageing don of the Corleone Family. His son Michael (Al Pacino), has just returned from World War II for his sister’s wedding, and has never been involved in the Corleone family business. After refusing to get involved in drug trafficking, Don Vito Corleone gets shot by his rivals. Michael takes on more responsibility over time in the family business and he is soon involved in a violent mob war.
Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando is the real gem of The Godfather, making the film as iconic as it is. His classic performance here placed him firmly back on the acting map. Despite Brando only starring in the first instalment, his character has created a cherished symbol, and mostly an icon for all three films. His performance is exceptional, juxtaposing the frail yet very powerful character qualities of Vito Corleone with ease. With Al Pacino on the other hand, his career in the film industry was just beginning. He gives off a powerful display at all times, with a compelling character transformation, presenting us with a excellent performance. This film can certainly be described as a landmark for acting – Brando and Pacino, along with Robert Duvall and James Caan, who all received either awards or nominations.
Now, how can I discuss The Godfather without mentioning its iconic score? Nino Rota’s score is now so defined in pop culture, that it’s hard to even think about it without humming a few bars of the track. It completely sets the mood for the film and elevates it along the way. My only complaint would be the length of the film, which runs at a lengthy 175 minutes.
Film enthusiast or not, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic. The cold image of organised crime was brought onto the big screen flawlessly through Coppola’s direction. Though one thing I will argue against, and perhaps be slightly controversial in doing so, is that I wouldn’t say it was the ‘greatest‘ film of all time, (which is heavily promoted online). But, a masterpiece nevertheless. Now, I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse; view this classic if you haven’t already done so.