Mr. DuLac’s review published on Letterboxd:
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Had the sudden urge to revisit The Godfather. Probably one of the most watched movies within my family. We would never just watch the first, always all three either in one day or two. Those old double VHS tapes.
Brought back memories of the discussions we’d have about these movies. Never about the performances or direction, but always about the characters and story. We didn’t see Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan. We saw Vito, Michael and Sonny. Tom Hagen too of course, but he wasn’t blood.
It’s always said that what sets Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo’s take on the mafia story is that theirs is an operatic epic as apposed to most street level stories. It’s not just that though, 90% of mafia movies are “rise and fall” stories usually centered on one person, this story is about a family. There’s a rise and fall, but not in the traditional sense.