There is nothing like a movie that is layered so deep and tells so many stories, and that is filled with so much fantastic acting, that you can see it again and again, and never grow tired of it. “The Godfather,” based on the best selling novel by Mario Puzo, is such a movie. This epic tale tells the story of an American family empire and the man who slowly rises to take the reigns.
The film commences with a considerable marriage ceremony. This does many things. It shows the muscle and extent of Don Corleone, the patriarch of the family. It shows us all the diverse characters, most importantly his sons. As we see that the Don is getting on in age, it will become vital to see who succeeds him. We meet his youngest son, Michael, who has just returned from the War in Europe. He is telling his new wife that he has no plans to go into the family business.
His wish, is of course valued but the other family members. As the show progresses, we find that there are additional, significant and dominant families that are competing for business. And the business that is increasing speedily is the drug business. One thing that Don Corleone vows to do is to never go in the drug business. It has always been his hope, it seems, to have his son take over a lawful business, and not a illegal project. Drug would be in the opposite direction.
But since Don Corleone is very commanding, his refusal to enter into the narcotics trade angers his enemies. This sets off a drug war, and there is an effort made on the Don’s life. The family gets together, and decides what to do. They murderer must be killed, and Michael Corleone is just the man to do it. His loyalty has shifted from that of a law abiding citizen, to that of his family, irrespective of their relationship to the law.
After murdering the killer, Michael has to escape the country. He stays in Italy for a few years, where he falls in love and gets married. The far scope of his father’s enemy find him, and kills his wife with a blast that was destined for him. Any suggestion of devotion to the law is gone in young Michael. His devotion now is totally to his family.
When he proceeds home, he spends many hours meeting at his fathers side, listening to how to function his business. In yet an additional tragedy, his older brother, Sonny, is gunned down by opposing gangs. It is becoming increasingly clear that not only does he require to throw his loyalties totally with the Corleone family, but he must become more merciless than his rivals in order to subsist. And cruel he does become. In one of the most highly applauded climactic scenes ever, Michael Corleone literally becomes the new Godfather, as the scenes of his nephews baptism is expertly juxtaposed with all his enemies being nastily ruined. “The Godfather” is a movie not to be missed.