My current Top 5

My current Top 5


Number 02: The Godfather (Best Picture Ranking)

By now, it’s almost a cliché to call The Godfather one of the greatest movies of all time, but if the shoe fits…

The Godfather, or course, tells the story of the Corleone family and their involvement in the world of organized crime. It’s the kind of movie that everyone seems to know even if they haven’t seen it yet. Marlon Brando’s legendary performance, the head in the bed or the final shot have all become part of cinema history by now. And why not? The Godfather is just as good as it reputations claims it to be – and even better. It’s a wonderful example for perfect storytelling, character development, for the right balance between tension and peace.

The cast of The Godfather surely plays an important part in the movie’s greatness. Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his ultimate portrayal of the Don – it’s maybe not his greatest performance as an actor but it’s hard to deny the powerful impact he leaves on this movie. Al Pacino is the real leading character of the story as Michael, the young man who slowly gets drawn into the family – it’s an outstanding performance that doesn’t need to hide itself behind his works two years later. Robert Duvall gives the right amount of quietness to his part while James Caan burns up the screen as the hot-headed of the brothers. Talia Shire gets some impressive moments as the sister and Diane Keaton beautifully shows the innocence of her character.

What makes The Godfather such a masterpiece is the outstanding combination of actors, screenplay, direction and, of course, the score which results in a movie that somehow seems like a cliché about the mafia as we expect it but at the same time goes much deeper and constantly redefines our expectations.

The Godfather moves along with the right tempo, combining quiet but very tense moments like the opening scene with shots of violence or domestic abuse in the most effective way. It’s not only a typical gangster movie but instead presents very realistic and believable characters that are allowed to develop and present themselves constantly in a different light. The Godfather actually involves the viewer into the life, the dreams, the hopes and the plans of these characters.

I think I don't need to say anymore since I am sure everybody can perfectly understand my appreciation for this masterpiece.


Louis Morgan said...

Yeah great film, but one that I feel gets slightly boring to say how great it is. Not because the film is not great, but because its praise it receives never ends. Also sometimes I feel the praise in a few regards goes to far, such as with Brando's performance in particular. Still though it is an amazing film, that is probably in my top 5.

Anonymous said...

Well I also think it's brilliant but certainly not better than Gone With the Wind!