Movie Review

The Godfather (1972)

Movie Review

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall

This is one film you just can’t refuse.  Arguably, this is the greatest film ever made.  It’s the film that immortalized Marlon Brando and introduced the world to Al Pacino.  It’s the movie that inspired generations of mob films.  It’s an epic that depicts the passing of a torch from a father to a son.  Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), the aging patriarch of a New York crime family, faces the challenges of changing headwinds in the world of organized crime.  Soon after, his son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) must take the reins of Vito’s crime empire in the midst of family turmoil.

While the movie has its violent moments, it emphasizes the importance of two core values that anybody can appreciate—family and respect.  Vito and Michael emphasized the importance of loyalty to the Corleone family and demonstrated the consequences of disrespecting this family.  This film takes you on a brutal journey that shows what the Corleone men are willing to do to protect “the family”.  You need to be as sober as possible for this movie.  Otherwise, you may miss some of the greatest moments to ever hit the big screen.  The film is three hours long, so watch this when you have a few hours to spare.


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