Best Film Oscar Winners Challenge

Boo Radley75

Well-known Member
The Godfather Part II - (1974) - out of all the films to watch that I haven't seen before, I was most looking forward to this. My two favourite actors! I'm left disapointed, somewhat. Yes, it's good acting, quite atmospheric but the story doesn't really go anywhere, is so slow and makes the whole thing drag. I get the feeling this might be my most controversial review, yet. It's taken me two evenings to watch this and struggled to stay awake both nights. I only stayed awake this night by distracting myself with the excitement of buying a 5ft oak tree on ebay.:laugh:. I'll try and soften my opinion by giving it 4/5
 

james03

Well-known Member
You’d have likely been better off watching the Godfather first my friend, hard to go straight into Part 2 as it loses so much. The trilogy is very much to do with Michael Corleone and his rise and fall, the man whose father didn’t want him anywhere near the family business.
I recall Coppola saying “the tale of a great king with three sons: the oldest was given his passion and aggressiveness; the second his sweet nature and childlike qualities; and the third, his intelligence, cunning and coldness.”
It’s the descent into tragedy that grabs me, never meant for him but he found it all consuming.
 

Boo Radley75

Well-known Member
You’d have likely been better off watching the Godfather first my friend, hard to go straight into Part 2 as it loses so much. The trilogy is very much to do with Michael Corleone and his rise and fall, the man whose father didn’t want him anywhere near the family business.
I recall Coppola saying “the tale of a great king with three sons: the oldest was given his passion and aggressiveness; the second his sweet nature and childlike qualities; and the third, his intelligence, cunning and coldness.”
It’s the descent into tragedy that grabs me, never meant for him but he found it all consuming.
I have watched the first film before, though not for a while. Won't go too much into that as it's coming up in two films time but I did get where this one left off from. I didn't want to be too harsh as I think it's just more to do with my personal taste. It's just not some film series I can get into or think "ah, I really feel like watching a Godfather film tonight!" When it comes to being in a mood to watch mafia films, I much prefer a true story, faster moving Martin Scorsese one, like Goodfellas or Casino.
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
The Godfather Part II - (1974) - out of all the films to watch that I haven't seen before, I was most looking forward to this. My two favourite actors! I'm left disapointed, somewhat. Yes, it's good acting, quite atmospheric but the story doesn't really go anywhere, is so slow and makes the whole thing drag. I get the feeling this might be my most controversial review, yet. It's taken me two evenings to watch this and struggled to stay awake both nights. I only stayed awake this night by distracting myself with the excitement of buying a 5ft oak tree on ebay.:laugh:. I'll try and soften my opinion by giving it 4/5

My word Boo, it's a storytelling masterpiece!

You are correct, this is your most controversial yet :)
 

bruce-leroy

Distinguished Member
For what it’s worth, I’ve watched Godfather II and not seen The Godfather yet(!), and still think it a masterclass in storytelling and acting performances!
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
For what it’s worth, I’ve watched Godfather II and not seen The Godfather yet(!), and still think it a masterclass in storytelling and acting performances!

It's a good job the Inspector is still on my case or he'd be right on your heels.
 

Boo Radley75

Well-known Member
The Sting - (1973) - Much parodied and for very good reason. None still hold up to this though. Clever, engaging, great atmosphere, enjoyable acting, good music and style 5/5

The Godfather - (1972) - As you can probably tell from my review of part 2, I'm not really a Godfather fan. Have to say I enjoy this one more though. Think the biggest reason is that it isn't two stories, jumping backwards and forwards, like part 2. Also it seems to develop the characters better and actually go somewhere. Still find it a bit slow and heavy going though. I've included a great abridged video of it for you. :D 4.5/5

 

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