What makes The Godfather a timeless masterpiece is that it’s pretty much flawless in every aspect of film making. Brilliant script, direction, and stellar performances by everyone involved (especially Brando and Pacino) make it one of the most amazing movie experiences of my life. The transformation of Micheal’s character as a family outsider who doesn’t want to be part of his father’s business to a remorseless Don who blatantly stands in a church and renounces “Satan and his works” while his men are brutally killing his opponents, it’s just a brilliant (and for it’s time, fairly accurate) portrayal of organized crime and how things worked at the top of the food chain. For a more accurate picture of how things worked with lower level gangsters I’d go with Goodfellas, another great film which imo doesn’t quite reach The Godfather’s levels of cinematic perfection, but a quite excellent movie nevertheless.
I normally feel that even the movies I love have certain things that I despise, but TG seems completely flawless to me even after multiple viewings. It’s definitely one of the few movies that deserves the “best movie ever made” title.
And last but not least, it has one hell of a memorable score:
I’m finally getting around to reading the book too and it’s been great so far. It gives the movie more context.
Edit: It might seem like I’m contradicting myself here but I couldn’t resist including this in my post. As much as I love this movie I never managed to wrap my head around how this scene made it into the film. Just look at the second punch
Of course this is just a minor issue, especially for a movie that came out in the early 1970s but I always found it funny how they didn’t cut that part. That’s pretty much my only grip with the entire film