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The Godfather


Title: The Godfather
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Year: 1972

Even though there are certain problems associated with a list based on popular opinion, there is at least a social value in having seen movies on IMDb’s top 250 movies, since the experience is shared with so many people. One task on my 101-in-1001 list is to have seen the top 100 films and I thought it would be nice to start from the top. The Godfather has been ranked as number one for quite some time, closely followed by The Shawshank Redemption.

Sadly, I must say that The Godfather utterly fails to impress me. I admit that it is skillfully directed and that many aspects of the plot and characters are interesting, but everything is watered down to a three-hour film with too much time spent on things which are supposedly there for atmosphere or something. The story is centred around the Corleone Mafia family, picturing both the private and business sides of their existence. This portrayal of internal affairs within the family is next to the only thing which arouses my interest.

Conclusively, I did not like this film at all. I have difficulties understanding why it is held in such high esteem by so many (so if you happen to be one of the 128,974 people who think it deserves the highest rating possible, please explain). I give it two and a half snail, mostly because it is adeptly directed and has a fairly interesting story. Apart from that, there is not much of interest.

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  1. Jocke’s avatar

    Om jag ska vara ärlig ser jag ingenting som är charmigt eller bra med Gudfadern. Det är en långtråkig film som inte alls faller mig i smaken. Från mig får den på sin höjd en tvåa.

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  2. Snigel’s avatar

    Jocke: Mm… det fascinerande är ju ändå att det finns 128 974 personer som givit den en tia på IMDb! Helt obegripligt, tycker jag. För det mest när jag ser filmer andra prisar brukar det ändå vara så att jag förstår vad de menar, men att jag kanske inte prioriterar som de gör, men den här gången förstår jag helt enkelt inte.

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  3. SSF’s avatar

    Det är just i preferens filmen faller.
    Regissering, skådespeleri, handling etc är allt superbt. Den faller bara inte vissa i smaken med temat mafioso.

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  4. Martin’s avatar

    Mitt omdöme är ungefär samma som ditt, fast jag har snarare svag tvåa än två och en halv… Bortslösad tid, och det är inte ofta jag känner när jag tittar på film.

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