The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

I had seen theatrical screenings of The Godfather maybe two or three times before, and while the blemishes on those aging prints may have spoken to the ruin-porn enthusiast in me, there’s no denying they were a distracting real-world intrusion on a landmark work of fiction. For the 50th-anniversary restoration, it’s tempting to include the standard caveat about the magic inherent in film projection that’s lost in digital projection, but I’ve never been more convinced that that’s purely nostalgic nonsense. Of my many, many Godfather viewings, this one was by far the most absorbing. The restoration looks absolutely incredible, and I strongly encourage you to see it on the biggest screen you can.