Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Godfather is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time and with good cause. Francis Ford Coppola crafted a multi-layered drama of crime and tragedy, exploring the dark underbelly of the American dream. Marlon Brando is spellbinding as Vito Corleone, the ageing head of a mafia family. His brilliant performance is complimented by the stellar supporting cast of Robert Duvall, Al Pacino and James Caan, each of whom brings a unique energy to their respective roles. The direction is exciting and inventive, cinematographically speaking. Coppola uses panning, zooms and intimate close-ups to significant effect. The detailed production design adds an authenticity to the on-screen action. The Godfather is an iconic piece of cinema that remains as compelling today as it was in 1972. It is a timeless classic that has inspired countless filmmakers and is deserving of its place in the pantheon of greats.