The Godfather I (1972)

Directed: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather II decided to watch the movie after it’s been picking up dust for years on my family’s DVD shelf.  I knew it was a classic, but I finally convinced myself it was time.

I can’t even begin to describe it.

We meet Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) also known as “The Godfather”. He is the head of the family and one of the bosses to the five crime families of New York City. He is busy meeting with people while outside is a party for his daughter’s wedding. Everyone wants to meet him. As the audience attends this party, we are introduced to the immediate family members. Sonny Corleone, the eldest son and the underboss. Tom Hagen, the family lawyer, consigliere, and the adopted brother to the Corleone family. He isn’t Sicilian, but he loved by the family nonetheless. There is Fredo Corlenone, the middle brother, and Connie Corlenone, the youngest and only daughter to the family. Lastly, we meet Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).

The movie focuses on Corleone family and what their business in the crime world entails. We get to see how much power Vito has in his community despite the fact he is aging and is getting weaker. We also watch as Michael moves up through the ranks.

I absolute love the character of Vito and Michael. Vito is portrayed as being feared by his peers. He has powerful men working for him and willing to do whatever he says. He is a man of power. What I love about Vito the most is how much he loves his family and is willing to do anything for them. Such as (SPOILER ALERT) jumping in front of bullets to save one of his sons. He is a man who would rather have peace verses a war between the five crime families. He is a man to respect and fear.

Michael is an interesting character. He is known to have gone to college and served in the military. He states in the beginning of the movie that he does not want to be a part of the family business. He even assures his girlfriend Kay Adams (Diane Keaton) he is not like them. But as the movie progresses, Michael is just like his family members. By the end of the film (SPOILER ALERT) he is the leader of the Corleone family. He seems more ruthless than his father

I love that now I understand many references in other films. Such as the horse head and “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”.

Everyone needs to watch this movie. So good.


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