If someone appreciates the quality of a movie but didn’t enjoy the overall experience, do they still have to consider it a classic?
The Godfather Part II
Why I Saw It: It’s The Godfather Part II, considered by many to be one of the top 5 movies of all time, and I hadn’t seen it yet. It was a gaping hole in my movie-viewing history.
What Was It About? The continuing saga of the Corleone Family, the film is split between a look back to Vito’s rise to power, and watches and Michael adapts to being the head of the family.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10
Memorable Performances: The film is so epic that it’s hard to pick which ones stand out, but obviously it’s a career-defining role for Al Pacino.
Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:
- Best Actor – Al Pacino
Favorite Parts: I wouldn’t say there were specific parts which I enjoyed, but I certainly liked the concept behind the movie, giving a prequel to the first movie and a sequel, telling the tale of both the father’s early life and the next phase in the son’s.
The Regrettable Aspects: The film was extremely long and its pacing was very slow. It absolutely detracted from the entire experience for me.
Would I watch it again? I would only watch it again when someday I’m showing my son “the classics”. For the purposes of watching something for entertainment value, I wouldn’t be interested in another viewing.
To Whom Would I Recommend It? To anyone who loves films, because everyone deserves to have seen this at least once.
– Lawrence Of Arabia – just as “classic”, but far more entertaining
– Godfather – the original is far more entertaining
– The Freshman – similar vibe, but with humor strewn in among the rest of the film
Next up, HUGO.