When I first watched this film, I don't think I appreciated as much as I do now. The film is extremely long at almost three hours. Still, the pacing is fantastic. The film is a family melodrama, but the amazing dialogue, great character development, and accents of crime thriller make the film truly absorbing. It's exciting to watch, especially in a theater environment, where the screen is large and the audio is loud and clear. The dialogue is impeccably-written, a combination of witty sarcasm, sincere conversations, and insightful commentary. It makes you laugh, feel pain, and sit on the edge of your seat, sometimes at the same time.
The execution is also undeniably impressive. The cinematography and production design are beautiful. The film still manages to transport you into that world because of how good it looks. The score and music are also phenomenal. The only flaw that I could possibly find in its execution is its editing. There are a couple of jumpy moments, but with the technology of that time period, it is excusable. Heck, it may be on purpose as a metaphor by Coppola.
Overall, I love "The Godfather", and I didn't really realize it until this viewing. I know my opinion is beating a dead horse(head), but I can't recommend it enough.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes, but a TV version,
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.