Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A Written Review: The Godfather
The Godfather is quite easily one of the best films ever made. It certainly defined almost an entire genre of film and nearly created a sub-genre itself. From the dark script, moody lighting, fantastic cinematography, to the incredible acting, this film blow most other films out of the water.
One of the best parts of The Godfather is the stark realism used in the film. Up until this point, even in the famed gangster era of Universal Studios back in the 30’s and 20’s, the gangster genre was always somewhat on the mythical side as opposed to true realism. The Godfather took a true, gritty, and real look at the mob and what they do. The writing also was able to create real characters and interesting characters without having any of them turn into caricature.
Also, the performances in this film are iconic. Marlon Brando in the role of Don Vito Corleone was absolutely incredible. He won, and famously refused, the Oscar for best actor. However, even though Brando made the film, every single actor from Al Pacino to Diane Keaton did an incredible job and played their various parts to perfection.
The cinematography in this film was also amazing. This was one of the first films of the time that made the camera almost a character itself. This also helped the lighting enormously, which once again helped tell the story.
This film is going to go down in history as one of the best films ever made. It’s incredible acting, wonderful cinematography, and amazing technical prowess helped put this film in its place as one of the greatest films ever made.