An exhilarating two and a half hour journey that has plenty of beautiful landscapes, awesome cinematography and interesting ideologies to offer the viewer. The fact that this is actually based of a true story just makes it that much more worthwhile of a watch.
Man, the fact that Dustin Hoffman was able to play both an innocent, naive college graduate and a rugged street-smart hustler over the course of just over two years, and totally knock both roles out of the park really speaks for just how much range the guy possesses. As for the movie, I just love how you really get the feeling that the warmth of Hoffman and Voight’s relationship is the only thing preventing the harsh, cold New York streets from chewing them up and spitting them out. The music and the ending really stood out as well.
What a movie! With powerhouse iconic performances from everyone involved, a truly moving story that revolves around the always relevant theme of violence endlessly perpetuating more violence, and some of the most breathtaking cinematography ever put to celluloid, as cliched as it sounds, the Godfather truly is one of the greatest films ever made. Also on the subject of violence, this uses it in the most deliberate, purposeful, and effective way I’ve seen yet. Every time violence rears it’s ugly head in this movie, it sure as hell makes an impression.