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  • I agree 93JC, they're vastly overrated!

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  • I haven't seen them.

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    Default Who shares my dislike of "The Godfather" films?

    I'll start off by saying I love movies. I love almost every kind of movie (but I don't care for most musicals and horror films).

    Many people consider The Godfather and its first sequel, The Godfather Part II, to be two of the greatest films ever made. Two of the greatest mob movies at the very least.

    There's no disputing that they set the bar for mob movies and have been emulated by other works ever since. Without The Godfather there would be no Goodfellas, Casino or even the comedy/parody Analyze This. It was almost certainly the first movie to cast the mob family in a sympathetic light and to characterize the relationships between the mobsters with some depth. I won't deny The Godfather is, at this point, culturally significant in the English-speaking world.

    However, I think the first and second movies are horrendously boring. They plod along from scene to scene spending far too much time on what Coppola thought were supremely clever nuances, the dialogue is mostly slow and muddled and what isn't muddled feels processed into prepackaged catchphrases ("We'll make him an offer he can't refuse," "Leave the gun, take the cannoli," "[he] sleeps with the fishes," "MAWNDAY, TOOSDAY, THURSDAY, WEDNESDAY," etc.).

    I'm willing to accept that my view is coloured by preconceived notions of what the movie is about. So many of the scenes have been copied, homaged and parodied that little of it felt 'new' or thrilling in any way. Had I seen them when they came out I might have become enthralled with them instead of bored by them.


    Some may have noticed I haven't referenced Part III at all. I'm not going to lie: after forcing myself to endure Part II I just didn't bother with the last one.

    So, what do you think? I look forward to your opinions whether you concur with me or not.


    (And I realize this is a discussion probably meant for "Arts & Entertainment" but frankly that subforum gets so little traffic I think it's where threads go to die.)

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    Not me. Godfather was brilliant. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see all of Godfather II, but if it was as good as the first one, it gets my vote.

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    I loled @ the last poll option.

    I never saw any of them in full but I'm pretty sure what I did see I didn't like. Mafia and gangs are typically not my thing. I loathe the sopranos.

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    I think they were brilliant, but I have no beef because there are classics I don't enjoy. The only thing I would say is that the lines you cited seem catchphrasey because they became catchphrases after the movie became a classic. If you saw the movie at the time, they'd just be clever lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I think they were brilliant, but I have no beef because there are classics I don't enjoy. The only thing I would say is that the lines you cited seem catchphrasey because they became catchphrases after the movie became a classic. If you saw the movie at the time, they'd just be clever lines.
    Agreed @ working backwards from an established cultural reference results in faulty criticism of 'lacking originality'.
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    I loved the Godfather but parts 2 and 3 did not appeal as much to me.
    I have watched them several times since their original release.

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    I've never seen them, but I'd like to get around to it. Right now I just know them as movies for people who love being Italian and I desperately need to shatter that impression.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    I've never seen them, but I'd like to get around to it. Right now I just know them as movies for people who love being Italian and I desperately need to shatter that impression.
    I thought I was the only one.

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    Why has the Bonfire become been converted to the pop culture group hate subforum?

    Anyways, Godfathers I and II were excellent. Never saw III.
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    Meh, I love them. They're more exciting than most fast-paced BS action movies nowadays.

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