Friday, February 17, 2012

The Godfather (1972)

Pacino Film Fest Movie # 9

Please click the links to read my reviews of The Kid Stays in the Picture (the story of Robert Evans, the Paramount studio head who was instrumental in making this movie) and The Freshman, co-starring a guy who looks a lot like Vito Corleone.

Synopsis: Old guy with marbles in his mouth embraces the spirit of Take Your Kids to Work Day.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S EPIC MASTERPIECE features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged.”

What Did I Learn?: If the Mafia really wants to buy out your casino, take the money.

You Might Like This Movie If: You want to enjoy something rich and...cheesy.

Really?: 1) Is the Mafia really as cold-bloodedly rational as portrayed in this film? The bad gangsters kill Sonny, and nearly kill the Dad, and yet they expect the rest of the family to negotiate in good faith afterwards? I strongly suspect that if somebody whacked Tony Soprano’s kids, he would probably go apeshit. 2) So wait...the movie producer invites Tom Hagan (Robert Duvall) over to his home, gives him the grand tour, and even prepares a delicious dinner just so he can blow up and throw him out?

Rating: I don’t always agree with the VHS jacket blurb, but “epic masterpiece” is an accurate description of The Godfather. 10/10 stars.

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