I’m Gonna Make Him an Offer He Can’t Refuse

The Godfather is by many considered to be the greatest movie of all time. With it being part of what most would consider the greatest trilogy of all time. Not just that, The Godfather is also the best gangster movie, best Marlon Brando performance, and best Francis Ford Coppola directed movie too. Needless to say, The Godfather has earned a place in movie history. As with most movies of this caliber, I’ve known known about The Godfather for many many years before I finally watched it. It’s one of those movies thats been parodied, referenced, and reenacted by a countless number of movies and or TV shows. Even family friendly material won’t pass up a chance to imitate The Godfather. Which is why Rugrats was my first exposure to the movie. What is it about organized crime that seems to offer some of our best storytelling? Is it themes of family, loyalty, crime, or the very real subject matter that they explore. Especially the “hits” that are cold and quietly realistic. Whatever the reason, The Godfather has it all and then some…

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Hagen (left) has a word with Don Vito Corleone (right)

The Godfather is based on a book written by Mario Puzo. It’s directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and a whole lot of other big names. Marlon Brando plays the titular godfather. Vito Corleone is the Don who oversees mafia business including gambling and bootlegging. As godfather, most people come to him asking for favors due to his generous nature. Marlon Brando’s performance is as iconic as it is phenomenal. Although most of the film’s focus is spent on his four children Sonny, Fredo, Connie, and of course Michael. As well as his adopted lawyer son Tom Hagen. Michael was kept away from the family business, because his father wanted him to have a respectable career. So he joined the military and marries a non-Italian, but one tragic loss after another is not enough to keep Michael from eventually becoming what he was never meant to be. The Godfather tells a 3 hour story with fine detail and layered characters. With many iconic scenes and lines of dialogue. Scenes such as meeting the godfather for the first time, the horse’s head scene, Sonny beating a wife beater, the many assassination attempts, and the final shot of the movie. Lines such as “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” “Revenge is a dish best served cold,” and “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” The movie’s muted orange color palette makes it stand out in a way that makes it instantly recognisable. However accidental it might be, the oranges are a great bit of symbolism. As great as The Godfather is, it might surprise you to know that it only won three Oscars (with one being refused). Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay are its true wins. While Marlon Brando won Best Actor, but he refused to accept it due to some kind of Native American issue (look it up). It was nominated for 7 other awards though (although one of them was revoked). In any case, The Godfather is still one of the greatest, most iconic, well remembered organized crime movies of all time.

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”

Followed by: The Godfather Part II

2 thoughts on “I’m Gonna Make Him an Offer He Can’t Refuse

  1. I think GODFATHER I and II are two of the best movies ever made in America. I haven’t had the nerve to review them on my blog because they’ve already been covered so thoroughly by others, and I don’t think I could do justice to the movies anyway.

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