ACME of Cinema

“Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.”

”I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!”
— Michael Corleone

For many this is supposedly the best film ever. I believed that as well once upon a time before realizing the futility and stupidity of choosing just one winner in an art form so broad and deep. But, just as every mountain has a peak, The GodFather is considered the apex of cinema.

Al Pacino and Marlon Brando were freakishly good in the rendition of their respective characters. The plot was dark, intense, and moving. The film felt like something special, like how one feels in the presence of great beauty. It affects you, out of your normal groove, and makes you take notice.

The trilogy does not need to be watched in its entirety. Part one and part two should suffice. Part three was deeply disappointing. Watching it ruins the satisfaction of the first two films. Bad things come in threes. One would never have been enough, two was sufficient, three just left a bad taste.