The Godfather (1972) – Top 100 of All Time
Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I watched The Godfather for the first time I didn’t love it. I respected it. Didn’t love it. This occurred over a year and a half ago, but my journey through the Top 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time List led me to watching it once more. Has my outlook changed? Do I love the movie? The answer is a yes and a no. For one, while reviewing a piece of art, the question shouldn’t be if I loved or hated it. What matters is what and how it made me feel. Seeing it for the second time made me realize how much I’ve missed out. My father shared the first film and its sequel with me because I needed reference to play my own gangster boss as I was invited to a friend’s Sweet Sixteen where it was Murder Mystery themed party. Quite the funny reason, so it should be mentioned I didn’t care enough to invest into what was happening in front of my eyes.
This time you could say it was my first, true outlook into the Godfather and honestly, it seems I still need to give it another try. It’s a powerful movie, one that narrative wise is really impressive, deserving of its number 3 spot, but it didn’t feel like I got a 100% chance to appreciate the thing for what it was and in no way shape or form was this a bad thing. In my opinion, great work of art require the recipient to be exposed to it more than once, sometimes twice, to truly see it for what it is. My 2nd time watching this movie I got out a lot of it, many moving pieces in relation, supported by magnificent acting. The production proving why this entertainment platform is more so and deserving of a bigger definition.
The Godfather requires the viewer’s time and focus which is probably why Francis Ford Coppala is deserving of all the praise he gets. It is the pinnacle of film on levels of directing, acting, cinematography and many other areas, but I won’t get into it. I don’t need to tell you why it’s a masterpiece because you may disagree. That’s also not the point of why I made this series. The point is to create a sense of encouragement in you to watch these films. Whether you end up liking it or not, that’s something else and guess what? If you love it or find it to be a complete waste of time, it don’t matter because by the end of the day we should all give it a second sometimes even third, or fourth shot. I know I will.
For now this is what I’ll give it. If you expected a higher score too bad, you’ll just have to hope I give it a better one in the future when I re-review. To do that you’ll have to follow this blog. Ain’t that a bummer? But seriously follow me, you won’t regret it.