I have two words for you.
All these years I thought ‘The Godfather’ was going to be all about “the Don”. Marlon Brando at his best, enunciating at his worst, gently scratching his chin and making all sorts of offers that no one in their right mind would refuse.
Sure, the movie had all that, but will someone please tell me why the entire movie-going world failed to mention the real star of this film: the Don’s son, Michael? The Don himself is bedridden for around 80% of the film so why, then, does he get all the press? Michael is the real Godfather (something that I assume will be revealed in full in the second film). I thoroughly object to Al Pacino being forced into Marlon Brando’s shadow when it is clearly his star shining.
Alright, now that I’ve got that out of my system I’ll try to review this movie (without offending the countless people who’d nudge it all the way to number 1 if they could).
Don Corleone: I like to drink wine more than I used to… [pause] Anyway, I’m drinking more.
After watching the Godfather, I’m left with one big question mark floating around in the cavernous void that should house my brain. Basically, that question mark is all about the cat. Was Vito Corleone the original cat-patting villain?
(Now, because I am from Gen Y, I believe there is no such thing as an unanswered question so it’s high time I googled it).
There have been many cat-patting villains of course. Those that immediately spring to mind include Austin Powers’ Dr Evil and Inspector Gadget’s Dr Claw. Then there is James Bond’s Dr No (well, technically, ‘Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the movie ‘Dr No’) – who Dr Evil is clearly based on. He also had metal hands which suggest he’s also the clear inspiration for Dr Claw.
In googling, I have once again revealed my cinematic ignorance. Not only did James Bond well and truly go there first, but the cat in the Godfather was not even part of the script! Instead, it was mere happenstance resulting from the presence of a stray on set. (Interestingly, I understand the cat’s purring muffled Brando’s already-unintelligible rantings to the point where both the director and myself share the view that subtitles may have been necessary in that scene).
Things I liked about this film:
- The fact that around 50% of the extras at the wedding appear to be bridesmaids.
- The highly fashionable bridesmaids’ dresses (“certain someones” may recognise the floppy hat look that another “certain someone” paraded around in on Saturday night)
- The horse head scene (although for all these years I thought he’d find it on the pillow when instead it was tucked away under the sheets – damn you Simpsons education!)
- The scene where Sonny beats Carlo with his own shoe – classic!
- Vito Corleone’s silly Grandad face (which reminded me very much of my own Grandad :))
- The scene interspersing the baptism with brutal violence – so poignant.
Things I didn’t like about this film:
I hear the sequel is even better (though the stupid imdb list says otherwise). Bring it on!
Have you seen ‘The Godfather’? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments below.