The Godfather and The Godfather Pt. 2 are iconic films that has influenced dozens of films since it was released, some say that it is the greatest film of all time. This is my first time seeing both films and while I already knew some of the story bits and seen some clips, there’s nothing like watching the whole film. And I don’t really know what I can say that hasn’t already been said.
The Godfather surrounds the Corleone crime family, with Vito (Marlon Brando) as the head. His youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the mafia after his father gets hurts buts gets sucked in too deep and takes his father’s place. Part 2 picks up with Michael trying to maintain the family business and flashes back to Vito as a young immigrant coming to America, this time played by Robert De Niro.
The acting in both of these two films are phenomenal, some of the best performances that I have ever seen. Most of the performances that I’ve seen Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in, which were in their later years, have not impressed me, though I knew that were legendary actors and they definitely have deserved that praise here. Marlone Brando is a total force to be reckoned with and was magnetic as Vito. Diana Keaton also impressed me and really held her own against Pacino.
I will be a tad controversial here and say that I liked the first Godfather better than the second. To me, it was much more interesting to see Michael corruption from wanting nothing to do with the dirty family business to becoming the head of it. Don’t get me wrong Part 2 is also great, but by then Michael has taken his power and been corrupted too far, and while that is the point of the second film, you don’t root for him like you did in the first film.
I will say this, the baptism scene in Part 1 and the abortion scene in Part 2 is probably one of the best, if not the best, scenes I’ve seen ever and earn their rightful place in film hall of fame. However, the length of both of these films are long, especially Part 2, which clocks in at three and a half hours, and I feel that could have been cut down.
I give The Godfather an A+ and The Godfather Part 2 an A-